Walk This Way: Get More People Moving

Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

Track: Health and Wellness


Walking is the best medicine. Just about every media report about the benefits of exercise ends with a suggestion to start walking. Doctors are prescribing it. In 2015, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities to get more people active. Parks provide an excellent venue for walking, however, according to a 2018 RAND survey, parks tend to be underutilized for physical activity, especially for moderate to vigorous exercise and for adults and seniors. Walking is a welcoming way to engage these populations — and others. It’s accessible to all bodies from the fit to the unfit, young to old, healthy weight to obese alike. In addition to the health benefits that participants gain, walking and talking together build a sense of camaraderie. When this experience is rooted in the park landscape, that camaraderie grows into community. Discover low-cost ways to get more people — of all fitness levels — walking in your parks and recreation areas.


Learning Outcomes:

Come away with a toolbox of walking programs, resources and knowledge to create and implement low-cost walking programs that generate more foot-traffic in parks.



Michele Stanten

Sole Proprietor, MyWalkingCoach.com

Michele Stanten is a walking coach, author, consultant and creator of MyWalkingCoach.com. Stanten is author of Walk Off Weight, Walk Your Way to Better Health, The Walking Solution. She has created numerous walking/fitness programs, including audio workouts, for organizations such as Avon, Silver Sneakers and Prevention magazine. She is an ACE-certified fitness instructor and a former board member of the Every Body Walk Collaborative coordinating committee member. Stanten has presented at the ACSM Fitness Summit, Walking Summit and ACE Symposium.

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