What is WalkWorks?
To increase opportunities for physical activity, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice to create a network of fun, fact-filled, community-based walking routes and walking groups. WalkWorks:
- Identifies and promotes safe walking routes;
- Offers social support through guided, community-based walking groups;
- Helps schools develop walk-to-school programs; and
- Addresses local policies to increase safe walking routes.
So, start walking today! Find a local walking route and walking group near you in one of the following areas:
“I had COPD, high cholesterol, serious breathing problems…I was using an inhaler and on multiple medications! Then I began walking! The first summer I started, I walked between 600 and 700 miles. I reduced my weight and, now, all I take are a vitamin and a calcium tablet. No matter where I go, I tell people that walking does take the weight off! I’m a walking group leader AND I’ve gotten my whole family to walk!” -Ami S, McKean County