We know that people move more when they have inviting places to be active and safe routes to get there. Communities can be built for people to be active in their everyday life – whether it’s walking to the grocery, biking to school, or just strolling to a friend’s house. But there are still neighborhoods where personal safety is an issue, communities without adequate sidewalks, and business districts that don’t connect with one another or residential areas.
Recently, the U.S. Surgeon General launched Step It Up! A Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. He acknowledged that although individuals have to make the decision to walk, we need to design communities that encourage pedestrian activity. Not only does this call to action remind us that health is something that happens in our communities, it establishes walking as a national priority.
Kentucky recognizes that in order to be part of a national walking movement, we need to have state-level commitment. That’s why the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky has pledged to support the call to action through the Step It Up, Kentucky! campaign.
Imagine living in a place where you can travel to the local farmers’ market, a nearby park, or even your office by just putting one foot in front of the other. By joining Step It Up, Kentucky! you have the opportunity to be part of a statewide effort that demands communities be redesigned as thriving places for all families to live.
Whether you represent an organization or consider yourself a concerned citizen, we need your support to spread our message: Kentuckians not only deserve safe, inviting places to be active, but we are demanding a culture that supports healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities. We want to walk!
- Organization Endorsement of Step It Up, Kentucky! >>> CLICK HERE
- Individual Pledge to Step It Up, Kentucky! >>> CLICK HERE
While Step It Up, Kentucky! is more than just an event, we want to officially kick off the announcement with a day known for celebrating physical activity. On June 21, 2016, the longest day of the year, communities across Kentucky use the extended daylight to fit more play in their day—a great way to step it up. Find a Longest Day of Play event in your community or join the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky’s Walkable Communities Committee to celebrate our past successes and future plans for Step It Up, Kentucky! We will meet at 10:30 a.m. on June 21st at the KY Transportation Cabinet.
We see this as the first step on a long journey to better health. It’s time to step it up, Kentucky!There are many things we can all do to promote walking, from joining a local coalition, taking a walkability audit, to demanding changes through your neighborhoods and schools. Check out Step It Up, Kentucky! to learn more about how you can promote walking and walkable communities through even the smallest steps.