If there is any question about whether the walking movement in the United States has legs, it will be answered with a resounding yes in October at the 2013 Walking Summit in Washington, D.C.
The health benefits of walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week – including decreasing symptoms of diabetes and depression, increasing bone density and helping lower your risk of cancer – have been shared enthusiastically since the launch of the Every Body Walk! public awareness campaign in 2011.
The 2013 Walking Summit takes that awareness one step further. Community and organization leaders from across the nation – including Safe Routes to School, WalkBoston, America Walks, and Rails to Trails – as well as academics from the CDC, University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University are coming together to share what works best to invigorate programs, practices and policies in individual communities.
You can register for the Walking Summit, scheduled to run October 1-3 in Washington, D.C., at this site. An extra bonus: The discounted early bird registration has been extended to August 19. Scholarships are also available.
More info on walking and its many benefits can be found on the Every Body Walk! site.