Living Healthy in Washington County partnerships help create more options for residents of all ages and abilities to incorporate more exercise and physical activity into their everyday routines. Providing more opportunities to walk and bike as active transportation or recreation contributes toward the goal of decreasing obesity and other chronic diseases. Comprehensive planning by cities and counties can help play a role by considering health in decisions for local communities, parks, and public spaces.
47.3% of Washington County students in all grades met the recommended level of physical activity in 2013.
The percentage of adults who get enough physical activity is 15 percent higher in neighborhoods that have sidewalks than in those that don’t.
If all adults got enough physical activity, the U.S. would save $117 billion each year in health care costs.
⇒ Decrease obesity and chronic disease by providing more opportunities for walking and biking as active transportation.
⇒ Increased access to physical activity resources for all ages and abilities.
⇒ Better integration of existing trails and walkways with roadways and transit facilities.