Stepping Out - Mature Adults:  Be Healthy, Walk Safely
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How Do I Maintain My Physical Independence? How Do I Maintain My Physical Independence? margin spacer 2
How Much Time Do I Need To Invest? How Much Time Do I Need To Invest? margin spacer 2
What Are The Keys to Staying Fit? What Are The Keys to Staying Fit? margin spacer 2
The Positive Health Rewards From Walking The Positive Health Rewards From Walking margin spacer 2
How Does Walking Fit My Lifestyle? How Does Walking Fit My Lifestyle? margin spacer 2
Locating Expert Exercise Advisors Locating Expert Exercise Advisors margin spacer 2
How Do I Stay Motivated? How Do I Stay Motivated? margin spacer 2
Getting Started Safely Getting Started Safely margin spacer 2
What Are The Safety Considerations As I Get Older? What Are The Safety Considerations As I Get Older? margin spacer 2
What If My Neighborhood Is Not A Safe Place To Walk What If My Neighborhood Is Not A Safe Place To Walk? margin spacer 2
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As a result of legislation passed in the 1990s, each state must employ a Pedestrian Coordinator whose job it is to ensure that communities are more pedestrian friendly. Also, many associations and community groups have prepared materials to help bring about change to make communities a better place to walk.

There are many steps you can take to improve the "walkability" of your community:
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper

  • Contact your Mayor or a City Council member and ask for a Walkable Community Program

  • Ask local police to increase enforcement of speed limits in neighborhoods

  • Join a citizen's committee

  • Survey the routes you use regularly and contact your Department of Public Works if sidewalks, signals, and signs need to be improved

Whatever your age, remember it is not too late to reverse the effects of time. Walking is a good place to start, giving you increased strength and stamina to help you get greater enjoyment out of life.


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