WalkWorks

WALKWORKS



Steps to a Healthier You: WalkWorks is here in Delaware County

The University Of Pittsburgh School Of Public Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health are partnering with Delaware County Council and the department of Intercommunity Health Coordination to increase opportunities for physical activity in Delaware County through an initiative called WalkWorks. 

By establishing community-based walking routes and forming sustainable walking groups, WalkWorks seeks to enhance and improve the health of residents in Delaware County. 

“Implementing WalkWorks in Delaware County will offer residents the chance to participate in group walks and gain from the social support and incentive of others in an effort to optimize their own health,” said Lori Devlin, Director of Delaware County Intercommunity Health Coordination.  “This is a great program and we are thrilled that the PA Department of Health and Pitt Public Health chose us as a partner.”

Three routes have been developed so far, one in the Rose Tree Media School District and two in the William Penn School District.  Each route will be one to two miles in length and include points of interest along the way to and educate walkers.  In November 2016, staff from the Delaware County Planning Department conducted “walkability assessments” on routes recommended by stakeholders from Media and Lansdowne Boroughs.  Several agencies are planning to establish regular walking groups to take advantage of the routes.

In addition to increasing physical activity the goal of WalkWorks is to encourage local and regional planning efforts so that pedestrians as well as bicyclists are considered and improvements are made to the existing transportation networks that will allow residents to enjoy walking safely in their communities.

Walking aids your body in several ways. It:

  • Burns body fat.
  • Raises metabolism.
  • Promotes restful sleep.
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases your energy.
  • Helps control your appetite.
  • Improves self esteem
  • Reduces depression.
  • Slows aging.

Walking is even better for you than running or jogging because it puts less stress on your joints, such as your hips, knees, and ankles.

Every minute of walking can extend your life for 1.5-2 minutes. An additional twenty minutes of walking daily can burn 7 pounds annually, even while maintaining the same diet (Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University).

By becoming a part of WalkWorks, you can improve your health and socialize with friends and family while enjoying the scenery in a familiar area. You may discover landmarks you didn’t know existed in your hometown!

Sign up for a Walking Group
(Email forms to DelcoICH@co.delaware.pa.us)

Track your steps and progress by signing up for the walker tracker!

 

If you are interested in joining a walking group in Delaware County or currently belong to a walking group or other organization that is looking for a place to walk and engage in regular physical activity, please email  DelcoICH@co.delaware.pa.us or call 610-891-5311 for more information.

Delaware County has developed three routes. The locations are Media, Lansdowne, and Yeadon/East Lansdowne.

Look for WalkWork signage and start walking!

Here are maps of the routes:

Map of Media Walk
http://www.health.pa.gov/walkworks/locations/PublishingImages/Image%20Maps_2016/Card-Inserts-DELCO_MediaBoro_032417.pdf

Map of Lansdowne Walk
http://www.health.pa.gov/walkworks/locations/PublishingImages/Image%20Maps_2016/Card-Inserts-DELCO_LansdowneCenter_032417.pdf

Map of Yeadon/Lansdowne
http://www.health.pa.gov/walkworks/locations/PublishingImages/Image%20Maps_2016/Card-Inserts-DELCO_LansdowneSouth_032417.pdf

For more information on this initiative, please visit http://www.health.pa.gov/WalkWorks/Pages/default.aspx#.WXDDMRXyu1s