(A Call to Action [from the Surgeon General] is a science-based document to stimulate action nationwide to solve a major public health problem.)
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the US, will call on all of us to walk more. According to a communication from the National Physical Activity Society, Dr. Murthy will outline “how city planners, employers, and community leaders can ensure that the places where we live and work promote walking and physical activity while also leveling the playing field so that no one is left behind.”
The need for more physical activity is clear, and for places to be active, including safe walking routes. Whether for exercise or as a means of commuting, being able to walk safely in our own neighborhoods and communities has tremendous benefits at many levels.
Walkability is an important issue for everyone – of all ages and at all stages of life. At Plan NH, addressing walkability is almost always included in our charrette program – it is a critical component for healthy, vibrant communities. Healthy People Healthy Places, an intitiative of HEAL NH has, as one of its long-term goals, that NH is a place where people are active, including safe places to walk. The Bike Walk Alliance of NH and Transport NH are both strong advocates for walkability.
The Call to Action will happen on September 9, 2015, at 10 AM. It is not clear how the annoucement will be made, but we would suggest that that day, go to The Surgeon General’s website for more information and a copy of the document.