RESOURCES for PROMOTING TRAILS for HEALTH
There many resources, presentations, and tools available to help promote trails, make the case for a more active America, and encourage trails activists to become involved in fitness issues.
The Inactivity Epidemic is a presentation that covers this growing health problem, the effect of community design, and things you can do about it: download the presentation (11 mb) and slide library as a .zip file: www.bikewalk.org/pdfs/inactivity.ZIP.
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has many resources on increasing physical activity:
Designing Infrastructure for Active Living Living includes physical activity policy research, community design, obesity trend maps, review of surveys, Active Community Environments, and public support for walking/bicycling improvements:
American Planning Association has a Briefing Paper on How Cities Use Parks to Improve Public Health (pdf 1.2 mb), 2003
Physical Activity and Public Health from Active Living by Design outlines the inactivity problem, current trends, and action
Public Lands for the Public's Health: Could Georgia Use Its Parks for the Public Health?, by Richard A. Goodman and Marc L. Miller, from Environmental Law Institute, March 2003
The American Journal of Health Promotion has articles relevant to trails and outdoor exercise:
A presentation from Shape Up America by Barbara J. Moore: Leveraging Health for Effective Pedestrian Advocacy (pdf 696kb) includes slides of increasing obesity by state in America
The Trust for America's Health has a hard-hitting report on F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America
Tools from The University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center:
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Updated August 22, 2011