Planning and Community Health Center

Walking and Walkable Communities

Project Overview

Released in September 2015, this Call to Action uses scientific research to support efforts that Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, explicitly encourages everyone to make their voices heard in the decisions that affect how cities design and build sidewalks, trails, parks, roads, and buildings.

As planners, we can support community engagement, listen to constituents, pursue community-led strategies to enhance walkability, and use data to inform decisions that lead to more walkable communities.

APA has been actively working to improve the built environment in conjunction with the health of communities. Here are resources and programs that planners can use to promote walking and walkability in their local communities.

Loving Your Walk: The Planner's Role

Planning and the work of planners matters. This is the message spread throughout the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. This fact sheet summarizes what planners need to know about the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The Surgeon General wants everyone to walk an average of 30 minutes per day and planning is critical in supporting this goal.


Anchored by APA Chapters and APHA Affiliates, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. Coalitions work with communities to increase access to healthy food or increase opportunities for active living where residents live, work, and play.

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Webinar Series

  • Highlighting Safe Routes to Parks
  • Building Bridges Towards Healthy Transportation
  • Community Guide
  • Role of Parks and Recreation in Promoting Health

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