WALK, it's good for you!
In 2015, Live Well Stark County (LWSC) conducted audits in the Northeast area of Canton. This resulted in the development of 4 urban walking routes, designated as the Stark Walks routes. With a goal to increase physical activity in Stark County, under the Creating Healthy Communities grant, LWSC decided to expand and include routes in Southeast Canton as well. In the summer of 2016, United Way of Greater Stark County and LWSC partnered on this collaboration. They combined resources and increased the amount of routes available to the public throughout the county.
Pedestrian-friendly pathways encourage safe exercise. With signs that indicate distance and approximate travel time, individuals can measure their walking distance and time spent being physically active within their own neighborhood. Urban pathways - or green streets - are a free, easy way to participate in physical activity. Walking burns calories, improves fitness abilities, elevates mood and strengthens bones and muscles. Walking also reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.
The purpose of these walking paths is to inspire residents and create new places to exercise. Everyone is encouraged to take a step in the right direction - walk the paths, explore your community, get great exercise and be healthy! Create a culture of happier, healthier, longer life! Let’s work together to reduce health risks in Stark County.
WALK WITH A DOC
Walk with a Doc is a year-round walking program that operates in communities across America to encourage healthy physical activity for people of all ages. Walking can reduce blood pressure, reduce cholestrol, increase metabolism, ease muscular tension, reduce depression and more! Community members are invited to take part in the walk that is led by a physician from the community. This is a great opportunity to walk with and get your health questions answered by a physician.
WALK WITH A DOC is made possible by AULTCARE, AULTMAN HEALTH FOUNDATION, MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, DIAITA COLD PRESSED JUICE, ERIC SNOW FAMILY YMCA, STARK PARKS, ACCESS HEALTH STARK COUNTY, CANTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME MARATHON and YWCA OF CANTON.
WALK WITH A DOC - anyone who would like to participate in community walks can meet at 5PM at the Eric Snow YMCA in downtown Canton every 2nd Thursday of every month. A local doctor will give a short talk on a health topic and then lead participants on a walk at their own pace. If you have any questions regarding a walk, please contact ADRIANNE PRICE - via email or phone (330-491-9962)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only half of American adults engage in the daily physical activity necessary to prevent the development of chronic disease. About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese. In Stark County, 31% of adults are considered obese while 36% are overweight (BRFSS, 2010). The Surgeon General of the United States has created the Step It Up! initiative to promote more walking and more walkable communities.
According to their physical activity guidelines, the CDC recommends that adults participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity 5 days a week plus an additional 2 days or more of muscle strengthening activity.
Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that works off calories consumed and makes you feel better, mentally and physically. Below are some of the foods people consume and the average minutes needed
to work off those calories.
The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age. - www.cdc.gov
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN WALKING
Choose proper footwear
Stretch before and after walking to
Set realistic and appropriate goals
Wear layered clothing
Carry a few essentials
Protect yourself from the weather
Be visible with reflective or bright clothing
Walk with a friend
Be careful, alert and aware at all times
Keep right, unless to pass
Use audible warnings when passing
Be respectful of all users
Slower traffic has the right of way
Use lights when walking in the dark
Do not block trail
Use safe speeds at all times
Do not litter - use trash cans
Control dogs - scoop all poop
Review your goals
Pick nonfood rewards
Be patient with yourself
STARK WALKS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY:
Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. CHC is creating a culture of health by implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies. Through cross-sector collaboration, CHC is improving access to and affordability of healthy food, increased opportunities for physical activity and assuring tobacco-free living. CHC is creating a culture of health.
Live Well Stark County is a group of community leaders working together. Their goal is make Stark County healthier by promoting policy and environmental changes that focus on preventing chronic conditions such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. A concentrated focus on nutrition, physical activity, and work-site wellness is intended to lower the risk of chronic disease and create an environment that will improve the overall quality of life for all Stark County residents.
The mission of the Stark County Park District is to acquire, preserve and develop natural areas for passive recreation, conservation, education, and nature appreciation. Today, the Stark County Park District includes 100+ miles of trails, 14 parks, 778 educational programs and events and nearly 8,000 acres of land.
United Way of Greater Stark County (UWGSC)envisions a community that supports and empowers all men, women and children to prosper and succeed. The BOLD GOALS in Education, Income and Health help build a better future for everyone in the community. Health BOLD GOALS include reducing infant mortality, decreasing opiate abuse and improving the overall health of Stark County residents. UWGSC invests in programs that give local men, women and children access to medical and behavioral health care. This partnership creates a solid foundation for strong families and a thriving community.