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What’s the problem?
West Virginians don't get enough physical activity.
Ten Reasons to Take a Walk
Most people don’t need to see a doctor before walking, but if you have shortness of breath or any health problem, speak with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.
Working with communities to increase access to physical activity and improve walking environments.
HPCD partners with Growing Healthy Communities, Try This, Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition to provide mini-grants and technical assistance to improve walkable communities.
Assisting worksites to improve and strengthen physical activity policies that can promote walking before, during and after work.
Partner in the statewide Physical Activity Plan.
Partner in the West Virginia Physical Activity Network.
Working with schools and early childhood education centers to improve and strengthen physical activity policies that can promote walking before, during and after school.
Encouraging healthcare providers to assess patients for physical activity and making referrals to community resources where patients can be active/walk.
10 minutes at a time is fine
150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but it's not. That's 2 hours and 30 minutes, about the same amount of time you might spend watching a movie.
The good news is that you can spread your activity out during the week, so you don't have to do it all at once. You can even break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. It's about what works best for you, as long as you're doing physical activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.
What is walkability?
Walkability is when the community links safe pathways to schools and homes, and where people can meet their everyday needs on foot.