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Title:Promoting Trail Development and Use of Safe Community Route for Walking and Biking
Pub. date: February 2003
Edition: 1st
Includes: online booklet
Audience: Nutrition Educators, Adults
Language: English
Description: Increasing physical activity and improving nutrition can help to control the epidemic of overweight and obesity, as well as decrease the risk of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. A recommended strategy to increase physical activity is to develop and promote trail use. This Action Packet is one in a series of six. It is designed to help promote physical activity and community health through trail development and use of safe routes for walking and biking. The Action Packet provides guidelines for creating the partnerships needed to make your trail projects succeed. Packet resources include background information, real examples, action steps, presentation materials, resources and support materials.
Funding Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, funds for Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE)
Developer: Amy Root
Organization: University of Southern Maine
Phone: 207-626-5258
Length: 50 pages
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: Permission needed to copy.
Reviewers Comments: Establishing new trails is an innovative way to encourage communities to be more physically active. This action packet outlines six steps to champion the cause, outline the course, create an evaluation with measurable outcomes and implement a plan. This resource provides background information, real examples of other trails that have been created, presentation materials, fact sheets, and press releases as supporting materials to help implement the plan.

The action packet will take you step by step through the process of creating trails for walking and biking, and includes resources for every step of the way. Some resources are specific to Maine, but most can be accessed and benefited from around the country. The packet is written in clear, simple language, and easy to follow along. The text is sprinkled with attractive and appropriate photographs, charts, and examples to help engage the reader.

Action packets are all available online at the web site below. They can be downloaded as a complete packet or in sections.

For other action packets, see:

View/download files: 
Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Action Packets:
Complete Action Packet (PDF 2.79 MB):
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Maine Nutrition Network
    Contact: Lori Kaley
    Mail: 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 11
Augusta, ME 04330
    Phone: 207-626-5258
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Available on the Web only.

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