Trails and Health Programs from Federal and State Agencies
A wide range of initiatives, resources, and grants are available from agencies and organizations.
Active Living by Design encourages changes in design, transportation, and policies to cultivate and support active living:
America on the Move is designed to get millions of people to wear step counters and walk an additional 2,000 steps (about 1 mile) a day or cut out 100 calories with help from business and agency partners.
KidsWalk-to-School from CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program is a community-based program to increase daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school
International Walk to School Week gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking.
National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program provides assistance for Healthy Communities: Trails and Greenways Promote Physical Activity, 2001 (pdf 56 kb)
The President's Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives.
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: http://www.fitness.gov/
Shape Up America! is a high profile national initiative to promote healthy weight and increased physical activity in America: http://www.shapeup.org
Steps to a HealthierUS is part of the President's HealthierUS Initiative to promote partnerships, conduct research, create education programs, and promote physical activity for increased public health: http://www.healthierus.gov/steps/
Healthy Fed Initiative is new addition to HealthierUS: http://www.opm.gov/healthierfeds/
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors a number of programs:
The National Association of Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports works to promote physical activity and leads worksite activity initiatives: www.fitnesslink.com/Govcouncil/
A Report of the Surgeon General: Physical Activity and Health: The Link Between Physical Activity and Morbidity and Mortality (pdf 156 kb)
Trails for a Healthy Maine Bond would raise $10 million to accelerate trail construction
More help with Trails & Health:
Need trail skills and education? Do you provide training? Join the National Trails Training Partnership!
The NTTP Online Calendar connects you with courses, conferences, and trail-related training
Promote your trail through the National Recreation Trails Program
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Updated March 11, 2008