WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease
"At any age, when people have access to safe places to walk, like trails, within 10 minutes of their home, they are one and a half times more likely to meet recommended activity levels than those who don't," said Keith Laughlin, president of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). "Trails are a common-sense approach to improving community design and quality of life. They help get people outdoors, create opportunities for safe physical activity, offer more options for transportation and connect people to the places where they want to go."
This report underscores RTC's call for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase funding for the CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity to $120 million with a focus on creating and promoting safe and healthy environments for physical activity.
RTC's subject matter experts on trail policy, trail development and community design are available to discuss the implications of the CDC's findings and strategies for integrating trails and safe places for physical activity with community design:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 160,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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SOURCE Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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