Inclusion of a public health component in a conference on walking trails

People often do not participate in physical activity because they do not have access to safe, affordable, close-to-home places to exercise. According to the CDC working paper, How Land Use and Transportation Systems Impact Public Health, there is evidence to support the notion that "transportation systems can increase walking and biking through the provision of separate, dedicated bicycle and pedestrian facilities such as paths and walking trails." The Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) has been delivering such paths and trails for over 15 years and has recently begun to investigate the connection among building trails, physical activity patterns, and health. This grant supports efforts of the RTC to cross-educate their constituents and public health professions. Specifically, funds for this project will go toward creating a physical activity and health education track for the RTC Trail Link annual conference and will create practical take-home tools for conference participants. This project will be considered successful if meeting participants are able to demonstrate a better understanding of the intersection between the public health and the trails agendas as well as ideas for partnering.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $60,049.00

Awarded on: 7/13/2001

Time frame: 7/15/2001 - 7/14/2002

Grant Number: 42151


Rails to Trails Conservancy

10th Floor
1100 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, 20036-4601


Betsy Goodrich
Project Director