Seventy Kentucky school districts, local governments, health departments, businesses and other organizations have joined the Step
It Up, Kentucky! campaign to encourage walking and build the demand for walkable communities as a way to better health.
activity five days a week to improve health, which can easily be achieved by
walking. People are more likely to make the decision to walk when they have
places, programs and policies that provide opportunities and
encouragement, says a news release from the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
places we live, learn, work and play,” Obesity Prevention Program Coordinator Elaine Russell said in the release. “Communities can be built for people to be active
in their everyday life. By providing safe, attractive and convenient places to
walk, anybody can incorporate exercise into their daily routine.”
which calls on Americans to increase walking by designing communities that
encourage physical activity in order to address rising rates of chronic
with building support at the local level,” said Dr. Connie White, acting
commissioner of the state Department of Public Health. “All Kentuckians deserve safe, inviting places to be
for a Fit Kentucky’s website: fitky.org/our-efforts/physical-activity/step-it-up-kentucky.
For more about obesity prevention, increasing
access to physical activity, or what other communities are doing to encourage
wellness, visit the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky’s blog http://www.fitky.org/category/blog/.