The Active Living program at Spokane Regional Health District promotes the role of exercise as a way of life, integrating physical activity into everyday routines.
Program staff spend much of their time encouraging human-powered modes of transportation, such as walking or biking, which is known as active transportation. The program supports active living by ensuring the community is built to be safe for those who practice active transportation.
The work of this program is important as staff ensure that systems, policies, and the environmental support active living in the county. Staff ensure options are realistic, affordable and convenient for all individuals.
Active Living staff work with outside agencies including Spokane Regional Transportation Council, City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, Spokane Transit Authority, and Spokane Public Schools to carry out its mission.
Reduced Injuries - Better street design, including crosswalks, reduced lane widths, street trees, and bike lanes contribute to fewer motor vehicle, bicyclist and pedestrian injuries.
Reduced Air Pollution - Air pollution is associated with respiratory and heart diseases. Increased use of active transportation modes helps decrease vehicle miles traveled and thus exhaust.
Economic Vitality - Providing active transportation options (walking and bicycling) can benefit local economies in a variety of ways such as decreased transportation costs, increased property values, decreased health care costs, and increased employment and tourism.
Increased Social Connections -Walking, biking or taking transit promotes opportunities to engage with or meet other people.
Public transit, greenways and trails, sidewalks and safe street crossings near schools, bicycle paths, traffic-calming devices, and sidewalks that connect schools and homes to destinations—all are associated with greater physical activity and lower obesity rates. Health department partners with a broad spectrum of community groups and leaders on active transportation projects. Here are a few of our current partnerships:
To encourage more of Spokane’s children to safely walk and bike to school, the health district launched its Safe Routes to School Spokane program at seven area public grade schools.
With activities like Walking School Buses, Safe Routes helps assure parents that their children will be safer walking to school. The initiative also addresses the growing concern in the community around childhood health and obesity by providing children with fresh air and exercise.
To encourage more of Spokane to replace short car trips with walking, biking and/or use of the bus, Spokane Regional Health District launched the Walk Bike Bus Spokane program. It’s free to designated neighborhoods, offering residents individual support to shift gears including:
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