Creating Walking Friendly Communities

Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Mental, Environmental and physical benefits

Adopt-A-Walk is a health advocacy organization passionate about creating and promoting walking friendly communities to improve the health of the people in the community in a fun and easy way.

    • Adding walking paths can lead more adults to become active.
    • A simple solution to help fight the worldwide obesity epidemic.
    • Warning! Potential side effects can be improving physical, social, emotional, spiritual, mental and environmental health!

The Adopt-A-Walk Story

Growing up in Sweden, Malin Svensson, the founder of Adopt-A-Walk, lead a natural active lifestyle by walking and biking to everything locally. She never owned a car until she moved to Los Angeles…..

The fitness industry can’t seem to reach the people who need to move their bodies the most. The number of gyms appears to grow as fast as the obesity crisis is growing. What is wrong with this picture? Malin believes we are not making an active lifestyle easily accessible within most of our communities. Adopt-A-Walk was born to be the solution – to create and promote walking friendly communities by adding specifically designed walking paths that are easily accessible.

‘The number of gyms appears to grow as fast as the obesity crisis is growing’

Sedentary Lifestyle – the Sitting Disease

Physical inactivity has many detrimental effects on our health. Adding bike lanes and walking paths could lead more adults to become active.

      • Physical inactivity is linked to more than 5 million deaths worldwide per year, more than those caused by smoking.
      • Physical inactivity can lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
      • 80 percent of adult Americans do not get the recommended amounts of exercise each week.
      • Ages 65 and older are least likely to engage in physical activity.

Study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) May 2013

How Adopt-A-Walk Works

Step 1 – Location of the Walking Path

We team up with City Planners to decide the location of the permanent and specifically designed walking path. People living nearby the proposed path are encouraged to get involved in the creation of the path to increase the connection in the neighborhood.

Step 2 – Design of the Walking Path

The ideal length is 1 mile and the ideal layout is a loop.  A specific sign indicates the start & finish and displays information about the walking path. Along the route is signage every 0.1mile showing distance, steps and inspirational quotes.  Vegetation and park benches make it esthetically appealing.

Step 3 – Usage of the Walking Path

The permanently designated walking path is a natural meeting point for people wanting to go for a walk; for exercise or recreational. In addition, Adopt-A-Walk arranges on a regular basis a walking event with a sponsor in the community to keep the path active.