American Heart Association Underscores the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

September 09, 2015 Categories: Advisories & Comments

Dallas, Sept. 9, 2015 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments regarding today’s announcement from the Surgeon General:

“The American Heart Association applauds Dr. Vivek H. Murthy on his leadership in urging our nation to walk more through Step It Up! The emphasis in this call to action is one that we should all take to heart – access to safe places to walk, bike and wheelchair roll ensures that people of all abilities can lead active lives and have healthier hearts.

Each year, we help get millions of Americans moving and advocate for community solutions that save countless lives across the country. We join in the Surgeon General’s call to action to promote walking and walkable communities for everyone, whether walking on foot or rolling in wheelchairs. Communities with streets that include bike lanes, sidewalks, and crosswalks improve everyone’s health by making it easier and safer to be active. We know walkable communities increase physical activity, reduce accidents and get more eyes on the street.

Congress is currently working on long-term legislation that would reauthorize federal transportation programs. We must provide more safe and accessible ways for Americans to walk or bike their way to better health. As Congress moves closer to finalizing the transportation bill, we urge members to maintain strong financial support for these programs and give future generations the right of way to a healthy life.

Furthermore, as cities and states across our nation utilize federal transportation dollars, we urge leaders to commit their own resources to designing streets built to be shared, so their own communities come to life with the bustling of neighbors bicycling to work, walking kids to school, taking a morning jog, or walking to the bus or train station.

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The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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