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Safe and convenient opportunities to add exercise and activity to daily routines

Across local communities, parks, and public spaces, Living Healthy in Washington County supports expanding options for residents of all ages and fitness levels to incorporate more exercise and physical activity into everyday routines.

Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are the second leading risk factors of preventable death and disease in the U.S. and result in a huge economic burden for the state. Health benefits occur even with very modest increases in activity that do not require large investments of time or money. Achieving the recommended amount of physical activity can be as simple as taking three 10-minute walks each day, parking further from the door, or choosing to take the stairs rather than the elevator.

  • An estimated $495 million was spent during 2000 treating diseases and conditions that would be avoided if Minnesotans were physically active.*
  • National guidelines recommend adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week, andmuscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week, while children need at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.*
  • Only 54 percent of adults in Minnesota participated in 150 minutes or more of aerobic physical activity per week.*
*Sources:
- Minnesota Department of Health, Physical Activity Fact Sheet, August 2013
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Physical Activity for Everyone
- Minnesota Department of Health, Health Care Costs of Physical Inactivity in Minnesota Fact Sheet, May 2002

Our Goals

  • More pedestrian-friendly walking and hiking paths, with signs and maps.

  • Expanded biking trails and opportunities for non-motorized transportation.
  • Better integration of existing trails and walkways with roadways and transit facilities.

  • Improved access to community facilities.

Resources:

America Walks

Bike Alliance of Minnesota

City Parks in Washington County

Have Fun Biking

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Tobacco Free Youth Recreation Directory

U.S. Health and Human Services Healthy and Fit

Vital Aging Network

Washington County Parks

 

 

 

 




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