Prescription Trails: How public health professionals are supporting trails and walking programs

Nov. 13, 2012, 2 p.m.

 

To encourage appropriate levels of physical activity in their communities, public health practitioners across the nation are getting involved in promoting walking programs and trail use. Additionally, trail managers and walking advocates are leveraging opportunities for collaboration with their partners in health to promote walking and trail use as a safe, accessible way to improve health.

Walking programs can contribute to the treatment and prevention of a number of chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.

This webinar shows how diverse communities are aiming to improve public health through trail use and walking programs.

Attila Bality, with the Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program in the National Park Service’s New Mexico office gives an overview of the Albuquerque Prescription Trails Program.

Dr. Linda Macdonald, a physician in Albuquerque and member of the Prescription Trails steering committee, discusses the health benefits of exercise, the use of exercise prescriptions to encourage exercise, and strategies for dealing with barriers to exercise.

Russell Hirschler, the executive director of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance in Vermont, and Becky Lewandoski, the Upper Valley Trails Alliance’s program coordinator, present on the work of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and its efforts to promote the connection between health and trails and active transportation. In addition, they share their work on the nationally recognized Passport to Winter Fun program, an incentive based physical activity program that has served nearly 20,000 students in Vermont and New Hampshire since 2007.

And Judy Corwin, administrative director of marketing and public relations, The Corvallis Clinic, discusses their Walk with the Doc program, in which OBGYN physicians lead a weekly walk through the Midge Cramer Path at Bald Hill in Corvallis, OR. Physicians model wellness behavior by leading the walk and offer advice on good health for women. 

This webinar is part of the PBIC's Liveable Communities webinar series and is being presented in conjunction with the American Public Health Association.

It is the third of three webinars exploring public health and pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Presenters:

  • Attila Bality, Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program in the National Park Service’s New Mexico office
  • Dr. Linda Macdonald, Albuquerque Prescription Trails Program
  • Russell Hirschler, Upper Valley Trails Alliance in Vermont
  • Becky Lewandoski, Upper Valley Trails Alliance in Vermont
  • Judy Corwin, The Corvallis Clinic in Oregon

This webinar is part of the PBIC's Livable Communities webinar series and is being presented in conjunction with the American Public Health Association.

Webinar Resources

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