Walk Smart Presentation

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Walk Smart is a course designed for seniors who are interested in walking more and improving their local walking environment. This course is in partnership with Elders in Action and made possible by the Northwest Health Foundation. For more information about Walk Smart, contact the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition:
info [at] wpcwalks [dot] org
503.223.1597

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Walk Smart Presentation

  1. 2. <ul><li>The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition is a non-profit community-based membership organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe and attractive. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Elders in Action is dedicated to assuring a vibrant community through the active involvement of older adults. We believe the quality of life should never depend on age and welcome the talent and wisdom that older adults share. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Why Walk? Health and Wellness
  4. 5. <ul><li>Walking Is Great Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke </li></ul><ul><li>Lowers blood pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces high cholesterol </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces body fat and helps control body weight </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances mental well being </li></ul><ul><li>Increases bone density, hence helping to prevent osteoporosis </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the risk of cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the risk of diabetes </li></ul><ul><li>From the American Heart Association </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Walking World
  6. 7. <ul><li>Every Corner Is a Crosswalk </li></ul><ul><li>Unmarked </li></ul><ul><li>Marked or Signalized </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-Block </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Safety Issue: </li></ul><ul><li>Yielding to Pedestrians in Crosswalks </li></ul>
  8. 11. <ul><li>Top three issues, and statistics </li></ul>
  9. 12. <ul><li>Safety Issue: </li></ul><ul><li>Being Seen as a Pedestrian </li></ul>
  10. 14. Safety Issue: Jaywalking
  11. 15. <ul><li>[map of neighborhood] </li></ul>
  12. 16. <ul><li>Where do you go? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you get there? </li></ul><ul><li>What is important to you in making a route? </li></ul><ul><li>Walking Toolkit: What do you need to get out there? </li></ul>
  13. 17. Getting Around on Foot Your Walking Needs You’re the Expert!
  14. 19. How to Become Involved
  15. 20. <ul><li>Neighborhood Associations </li></ul><ul><li>[Name] </li></ul><ul><li>[Meeting Time/Place] </li></ul><ul><li>[Contact Information] </li></ul>
  16. 21. <ul><li>Advisory Committees </li></ul><ul><li>[Name] </li></ul><ul><li>[Meeting Time/Place] </li></ul><ul><li>[Contact Information] </li></ul><ul><li>Public Hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage biz, neighbors to facilitate </li></ul>
  17. 22. <ul><li>Get Involved with the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>Join the WPC </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Write an Article </li></ul><ul><li>Lead a Walk </li></ul>
  18. 23. Thank You! www.wpcwalks.org www.eldersinaction.org

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