Healthy lifestyles can begin with taking one step. At GCHD we are working with communities to improve sidewalks, trails, and bike paths. We are finding ways to encourage people to make the choice to be active by having safe places in our neighborhoods to walk and bike.
Physical Activity (not just exercising)
How physically active are you? When you think about this question, think about more than just trying to get in 30 minutes of exercise each day. Try to think about your entire day and how you get from place to place, what you do during your work day, and how you spend your leisure time. Most of us will find that we sit in a chair for a large portion of the day. What can we do to incorporate more physical activity into our daily routine? Here are some things to try:
- Walk or bike to work
- Go for a 10 minute walk during your break
- Park your car in the farthest parking space
- Walk the cart back into the store
- Play with your kids outside
- Plan active recreation vacations, such as hiking or swimming
Walking is one of the best ways to be physically active and to reduce risk factors for chronic disease. Through any kind of daily physical activity, many chronic diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure can be avoided. Some other activities to try include:
- Paddle boarding
- Strength training
- Group fitness classes
- And many more…
The most important thing is to find something that is enjoyable to you and that you can fit into your daily schedule. Don’t start too quickly or do an activity that your body isn’t ready for. Set goals that are realistic and achievable. And finally, find a friend that is interested in the same activity and make a commitment to each other to be more active.
What we are doing to improve Grant County’s health:
Complete Streets: Currently we are working with communities to build roads and neighborhoods that are safe for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit, motorist, and freight. One of our goals is to encourage cities to adopt Complete Streets policies. The goal is to create an environment that is safe for people to walk and bike to and from destinations safely and for pedestrians to be more visible to motorized traffic.
Resources for information on Complete Streets:
Local Cities and groups dedicated to active living:
Safe Routes to School: Safe Routes to School is a national and state program that encourages students to walk or bike to school. Funding is provided to qualified school districts or local governments to construct safe walking paths and provide education to students on safe walking and biking habits. GCHD assists local governments and school districts in applying for funding and implementing projects.
Safe Routes to School Resources:
Contact your school district to find out how your child can safely walk or bike to school:
Questions? Please call GCHD at 509-766-7960