It’s a great time of year to share the benefits of walking. These Every Body Walk videos show how special events, community celebrations, holiday gatherings or family reunions can be a wonderful way to inspire others to walk for health.
Track Walking, NASCAR Style
Now in its fourth year, Coca-Cola Family Track Walks have become a speedway tradition that allows race fans to get up close and personal with the sport they love.
“It’s really cool to see people getting into shape and doing something positive for themselves; and mixing it with something they enjoy is the perfect way to do it,” –Motor Mouth Mike, NASCAR emcee.
Rose Float Participants Share Their Stories
“There are some great stories here. Of patients that have overcome a lot of health issues and used walking and physical activity as a means to improve; and then the physicians and support staff and people who really believe in the message of Every Body Walk,” –Bob Sallas, M.D.
Senior Safari: Walking Cleveland Zoo
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo hosts the popular Senior Safari every year. Those age 55 and over get free admission to the zoo and are welcomed with live music, health screenings, and fun activities that promote walking.
“The zoo is a great place to walk because it’s got something to see, it’s got nice trails, it’s easy walking, and it can accomodate a large group of people going for a walk together.” –Aaron Smith, M.D. Kaiser Permanente.
Volkswalking: A Family Affair
Planning a family reunion? Something as simple as a family walk can inspire the walking habit and encourage healthy family behavior. Volkswalking is non-competitive walking that originated in Germany and can be the perfect all-family event.
“If I’m with my wife, one of my children or a friend, if there is anything we need to talk about, its a great time to do it. Or, just a great time to laugh and share what our day was like.” –Mike Green, Volkswalker
Using Community Commons Tools to Inspire Action
Special events that naturally bring people together are a great way to encourage and inspire an active, healthy lifestyle. Use Community Commons maps and data tools to show event organizers that by adding a group walk to their lineup, they can have a positive impact on the health of the community.