Celebrating Arlington’s Walk Friendly Culture
In addition to being healthy, active transportation supports Arlington’s vision of an equitable community that enhances the overall quality of life for those who live, work and play in the County!
Last week, over 1,000 participants stepped it up and celebrated Arlington County’s walk-friendly culture!
In support of National Public Health Week (April 3-9), WalkArlington, Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), BikeArlington and Arlington County’s Public Health Division (DHS) teamed up with local partners to celebrate the most sustainable form of transportation – walking!
As part of the week-long festivities, Arlington celebrated National Walking Day on April 5 by hosting pit stops around the County. Participants took advantage of the beautiful spring weather and visited pit stops located in Ballston, Columbia Pike, Crystal City and Rosslyn. WalkArlington’s sister program, ATP, treated pit stop attendees to free swag, WalkArlington’s Walkabout maps and wellness information.
Arlington Walks for Wellness
Arlingtonians are no strangers to reaping the countless health benefits of living active lifestyles. This year, WalkArlington also teamed up with Arlington County’s Public Health Division to encourage folks to track their steps and join the 1 Billion Steps Challenge. Over 280 DHS employees, local neighbors and visitors participated by walking during their lunch break and swinging by the Columbia Pike pit stop hosted by DHS and WalkArlington.
It’s no secret, walking can have a profound impact on your overall health and wellness. Researchers determined a 30-minute walk every day helps prevent numerous chronic diseases and illnesses (e.g. heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and dementia). Studies also show in cases of mild to moderate depression, a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in reducing stress and releasing those “feel-good” endorphins. For more tips on living a healthy lifestyle and the County’s public health services we encourage you to visit Arlington County’s Public Health Division website.
Connect With Us
We’d like to thank everyone who stepped it up and joined the County’s 2017 festivities. Around here we celebrate Arlington’s walkability everyday, but here’s a look at some of our favorite National Walking Day photos. The fun doesn’t have to end – Connect with us on social media with #ArlingtonWalks and share your memorable walk-friendly photos!
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