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If you have been looking for an easy, fun, and free WalkWorks logoway to increase your physical activity, seize the opportunity! Walking is a great way to improve your health and have fun with your family and friends of all ages.

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:

Pennsylvania Counties


    WalkWorks Continues to Fund the Development of Active Transportation Plans and Policies

    In August 2017, WalkWorks announced the availability of funding to assist municipal entities with the development of active transportation plans and related polices. The first-time funding effort was another step in the program's efforts to increase opportunities for physical activity with the long-term goal of improving the health of the population. The announcement advised that WalkWorks was seeking to award mini-grants to communities interested in enhancing the built environment, thereby increasing walking and biking and, if/where appropriate, public transit.

    With the assistance of experts and stakeholders, plus public input, the initial cohort of communities formally adopted plans in June 2018. These communities have demonstrated their commitment to encourage physical activity by prioritizing active transportation as evidenced by the projects and corresponding schedules and estimated costs set forth in their respective plans.

    A second round of applicants received approval in November 2018. Of those, eight active transportation plans and two complete streets policies are on target for adoption by the respective governing bodies in September 2019. 

    Watch for our next round of funding scheduled to be announced in summer 2019.  For more information, please contact:

    ​2018-19 Grantees
    ​Bristol Borough​Active Transportation Plan
    ​Hatfield Township​Active Transportation Plan
    ​Lehigh Valley Planning Commission​Active Transportation Plan
    ​Lower Allen Township​Active Transportation Plan
    ​Montgomery County Planning Commission​Complete Streets Policy
    ​Morrisville Borough​Active Transportation Plan
    ​New Britain Borough​Active Transportation Plan
    ​Springettsbury Township​Active Transportation Plan
    ​Upper Dublin Township​Active Transportation Plan
    Wilkins Township​Complete Streets Policy
    ​2017-18 Grantees
    ​Elizabethtown Borough​Active Transportation Plan
    ​Jersey Shore Borough​Active Transportation Plan
    ​Oakmont Borough​Active Transportation Plan
    ​West Earl Township​Active Transportation Plan

    Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the State Physical Activity and Nutrition grant and Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.