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Healthy Trails for Healthy Communities

Maryland recognizes the connection between physical activity and healthy bodies and minds.

The Trust for Public Land: The Health Benefits of Parks

As the nation's leading conservation group creating parks in and around cities, The Trust for Public Land launched its Parks for People initiative in the belief that every American child should enjoy convenient access to a nearby park or playground. This new, fully footnoted white paper—The Health Benefits of Parks: How Parks Help Keep Americans and Their Communities Fit and Healthy—draws from the latest research to outline ways in which parks support and promote healthy lifestyles, particularly in cities, where eighty percent of Americans live, work...and play!

Let's Move

The threat of childhood obesity is real, and will remain until we take action.  The Let's Move campaign has gotten us started; now the Partnership is ready to help mobilize the nation to curb childhood obesity within a generation. The Let’s Move! campaign, started by First Lady Michelle Obama, has an ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. Let’s Move! will combat the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that will engage every sector impacting the health of children and will provide schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.

Partnership for a Healthier America

The Partnership for a Healthier America will fill a unique niche among childhood obesity initiatives across the United States.  As a partner to the First Lady’s Let's Move campaign, the Partnership will work alongside the federal government to build target industry specific solutions to fighting obesity that can be measured and tracked.  Rather than award grants, engage in policy discussions or develop programmatic activities, the Partnership will concentrate on mobilizing leadership from across sectors and at every level to take action that can have a significant impact on organizational goals.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Physical Activity Resources for Health Professionals

American Trails

American Trails is focusing on the issue of improving health through outdoor recreation, along with others in the trails community. With an increasingly sedentary and overweight population, it is vital for trails activists to get involved. Read why trails are so important for America's health...

American Trails.org

There are many benefits of trails and greenways that planners, funders, and the public need to know about: they make our communities more livable; improve the economy through tourism and civic improvement; preserve and restore open space; and provide opportunities for physical activity to improve fitness and mental health.

Walking Health Benefits

Health professionals know that walking is a good form of exercise that offers numerous health benefits. So grab a friend, put on a pair of good walking shoes and get to walking. Don't forget to take time to look around at the wonders of nature.

Hike for Health

Hike For Health is an outdoor recreation and wellness program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Venture Outdoors and Wildlands Conservancy.

Why Build Trails?

Trails in a neighborhood makes it easier for people to incorporate exercise into their daily routines, whether for recreation or non-motorized transportation. Trails by another name are "linear parks"-- safe havens for walking and jogging, bicycling, family and social outings that connect people to places they want to go, such as schools, transit centers, businesses and neighborhoods. Communities need trails along streets as well as off the roadways, giving people of all skills and abilities the option to be active. Note: Trails advocates: get a copy of this article to your state health agency, local hospitals and HMOs, and health organizations.

Healthy Trail Equipment Venders

Health Trails

Health Trails outdoor fitness equipment presents a new and exciting concept of becoming active. Designed and manufactured in Australia, Health Trails are perfect for introducing physical activity within schools, council parks/walking trails, retirement villages and sports/community clubs. It caters for all age groups and varying fitness levels from beginner to sports enthusiast.

Playground Structures

With the HealthBeat™ Outdoor Fitness System, you can have a great gym-style workout outdoors. Perfect for parks, trails or next to your playground. HealthBeat uses the latest exercise methodologies to provide nine state-of-the-art exercise stations for adults and seniors of all fitness levels. And its sleek, intuitive design complements any natural setting.

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Momentum is Building to make Trails in Maryland "Second-to-None."