Crystal Bell will participate in "Walkable Communities" training program.
Snow Hill, MD - America Walks, a national advocacy organization working to empower communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk, announced today that they are awarding Crystal Bell, of Worcester County Health Department, a Walking College Fellowship as part of the 2018 program. The Fellowship will enable Bell and other advocates from around the country to participate in a five-month training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable and livable.
“We are delighted to welcome Crystal Bell as a member of the Walking College,” said Emilie Bahr, Walking College Manager with America Walks. “It was a very competitive application process and she will be a great addition to the 2018 class. We look forward to developing her skills and are excited to see her work grow.”
Bell will complete a six-module distance-education training program this summer, followed by an independent study project in Worcester County, and then attend Walk/Bike/Places in New Orleans in the fall.
“Walking is a great source of physical activity and can help in the prevention and management of many chronic diseases,” said Bell.
The Worcester County Health Department is committed to providing the community with public health leadership and quality services. Raising awareness around walkability and walking resources in the community supports the health department’s efforts to increase physical activity amongst residence in Worcester County. Having a walk expert trained through America Walks is going to heighten those efforts and serve as a great community resource.
Worcester County has also developed a walk team led by Bell that will assist in the planning and development of upcoming walk plans and objectives. The Worcester County Health Department is proud to support the "Walkable Communities" training program.
The Walking College curriculum was designed to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents. Topics include the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, as well as communication skills and building relationships with stakeholders and decision makers. Fellows work with other members of their class and a set of experienced mentors to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create community change. At the conclusion of the Walking College, Fellows will develop a Walking Action Plan for implementation using their new skills.
About America Walks: America Walks, a nonprofit national organization, is leading the way in empowering communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable walking conditions for all. We provide a voice for walking and walkable communities with federal agencies, provide strategy support, training and technical assistance to statewide, regional, and local organizations, and serve as the convener of the national Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Together, America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative boast 700 allied organizations who across the nation are working to increase walking and support walkable communities for all members. More at www.americawalks.org.
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