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Two Rivers: What are the benefits of walking?

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What are the Benefits of Walking?

The CDC recommends that adults incorporate 2.5 hours of aerobic physical activity every week. Adults who are inactive are at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Since walking provides such obvious benefits, we also want to ensure that our communities have safe and accessible venues for walking. The health department has been promoting Walkability for the last few years, and we continue to focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle that incorporates walking.

What is TRPHD doing to promote Walkability?

TRPHD is promoting Walkability through a grant that is aimed at preventing chronic diseases. Chronic disease can be prevented or mitigated through activities such as walking.

In Kearney, we are working with community partners including Buffalo County Community Foundation to foster a community action group around a Complete Streets Policy. The aim of the group is to create awareness about barriers to Walkability in Kearney. We will be holding Walk and Talk Audits throughout the month of October to promote awareness and education on walking conditions in Kearney. The first Walk and Talk Audit will be held this Friday, October 13th, from 1-3PM. We will be meeting at the Loup Room at the Kearney Public Library, and then conducting a walk covering the Southeast Kearney area. We encourage community members to come walk with us, and help us to identify barriers to walkability in Kearney.

For more information on upcoming Walk and Talk audits, please visit our website at TRPHD.org, or you can visit us on Facebook.

In Lexington, we will be helping to create Walking Clubs. Walking Clubs provide great social support and promote a healthy lifestyle. Walking Clubs can be formed at workplaces, churches, schools, or by neighbors. Our first Lexington Walking Club will meet on Thursday evenings from 6 – 7 PM.

In addition, we will be promoting a signage project in both Kearney and Lexington. We want to use signage to create awareness of the local businesses, recreational, and entertainment facilities that are easily accessible by Kearney’s walking trials.

The three walks are open to all interested community members. Each walk will begin with a short introduction on walkability and safety, and will conclude with a brief sharing session for all participants.

The Southeast Residential Route: Friday, October 13 from 1 – 3 p.m.

This 2-mile walk will begin in the Loup Room at the Kearney Public Library. The group will walk to Bryant Elementary and back to the library. Parents, families, downtown businesses and those who live in the southeast part of town will have great input for this route.

The University Route: Wednesday, October 18 from 12 – 2 p.m.

This 2-mile walk will begin at UNK’s Wellness Center on the upper level. The group will walk from there through the residential areas near campus and back to the university. College students, families attending Park Elementary, and those who live near UNK will have great input for this route.

The Hotel District Route: Friday, October 29 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

This 1-mile walk will begin at the Holiday Inn in Room D. The group will walk across 2nd Ave., along the bike trail, and back to Holiday Inn. Hotels, restaurants, businesses and tourist locations will have great input for this route.

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