America Walks is hosting the 9th Webinar in the 2013-2014 All Things Walking Program.
About this Webinar:
Walking is the number one physical activity choice for most people, and, increasingly, an important aspect of our transportation system. Yet, much of our built environment does not support safe, routine and enjoyable walking. Communities are often unsure of which walkability reforms to focus on, how to prioritize investments or clear about what outcomes they can anticipate.
Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration
This webinar will introduce participants to the Microscale Audit for Pedestrian Streetscape (MAPS) tool that can help communities assess the activity-friendliness of streets, sidewalks, and crossings. Anyone interested in walking and finding ways to create safe, walking environments should join this webinar.
The MAPS audit tool is based upon 10 years of observational research and can help communities identify the types of micro-level design elements that will result in increased walking for children, seniors and families. These built environment factors are based upon the evidence. The audit tool has been streamlined to 15 items so that community members can accurately use it and results can be easily calculated.
Attendees will be given an overview of the tool; and presenters will outline the most promising ways for communities to use it. Some of the MAPS studies will be presented, including examples of how the audit results have been used. As well, the type of training needed to best conduct this audit will be discussed. You can submit advance questions for the presenters when you register.
- James Sallis, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego
- Kelli Cain, Senior Research Manager, University of California, San Diego, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and MAPS Project Manager
Closed Captioning of this webinar is available. Please e-mail webinar moderator Yolanda Savage-Narva at ysavage-narva@americawalks to arrange.
About our All Things Walking Program
This webinar is part of an America Walks program on "All Things Walking" that includes webinars, telephone discussion forums, on-line technical resources, community-based workshops, and customized technical assistance designed to empower local communities to implement walking strategies and interventions in their communities. For more information, please contact Yolanda Savage-Narva; firstname.lastname@example.org
This webinar is made possible with support from Shaping NJ, the state partnership for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. The goal of this partnership is to prevent obesity and improve the health of populations that are at risk for poor health outcomes in New Jersey by making "the healthy choice, the easy choice."