Kaiser Permanente Awards Major Grant to WalkDenver

by Jill Locantore on July 24, 2014

WalkDenver would like to thank Kaiser Permanente Colorado for supporting our work with a major grant to advance pedestrian policy in Denver. As you know, WalkDenver is advocating for Denver to become the most walkable city in the nation.Research shows that incorporating walking into daily routines has significant health benefits, including maintaining a healthy weight; preventing or managing various conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes; improving mood; strengthening bones; and improving balance and coordination. Living within walking distance of shops and services is the single best predictor of a healthy body weight.

The Walk Friendly Community Assessment that WalkDenver recently completed in partnership with the City identified systematic planning and programming for a more complete pedestrian system as a critical need. With funding from Kaiser, WalkDenver is working to develop a coalition of committed city staff, elected officials, and partner organizations dedicated to following up on these recommendations and further enhancing Denver’s pedestrian environment.

The funding will also pay for WalkDenver to continue collecting pedestrian data and advocating for the inclusion of this data into City decision-making; expanding Denver Safe Routes to School programing; as well as the development of communications materials that will help raise awareness of WalkDenver’s missions and goals.

Thank you Kaiser Permanente for helping us THRIVE!

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