and Nonprofit Partners
Pathways to Healthy Living:
|Active Living by Design Community Partnerships - The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program has been supporting Active Living by Design Community Partnerships in communities across America, including:
- Albuquerque, NM
- Upper Valley, NH/VT
IN NATIONAL PARKS: MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Battle Road Trail is a multi-use 5.5-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail that runs
through Minute Man National Historical Park connecting historic sites in
Lexington and Concord, MA. The Battle Road Trail removes visitors from a
heavily trafficked road and provides ample parking and interpretive exhibits. It has
improved safety for visitors, provided new interpretive opportunities, and created
new physical activity opportunities by foot, bicycle or wheelchair.
IN COMMUNITIES: ARKANSAS RIVER TRAIL “MEDICAL MILE”
Physicians at Heart Clinic Arkansas have teamed up with the City of Little Rock,
Arkansas Departments of Health, Parks and Tourism, National Park Service, and US
Army Corps of Engineers to help reduce the state’s staggering rates of heart disease
and obesity with the construction of the 24-mile Arkansas River Trail. A key feature
of the trail is the “Medical Mile,” an outdoor linear health museum that uses a variety
of artistic and architectural expressions to promote the health benefits of physical
activity, and other wellness themes.
|THROUGH STATEWIDE PARTNERSHIP: HEALTHY MAINE WALKS COALITION
The Healthy Maine Walks Coalition, which includes Maine Bureau of Health,
Cardiovascular Health Program, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and National Park Service,
supports the development and use of trails to encourage healthy activity throughout
Maine. The Coalition’s website (www.healthymainewalks.org) lists walking routes,
explains the health benefits of walking, and provides guidelines and organizational support
for trailbuilding. The Bureau of Health also developed ancillary materials and PSAs
encouraging people to find walks on the web.
|Healthy Parks/Healthy Living - A park-based program intended to promote the daily recreational benefits inherent in urban national parks and encourage local park visitors to participate in healthy activiites and outdoor recreational opportunities in a manner that supports the agency's mission of stewardship.