Every Body Walk! is a campaign aimed at getting Americans up and moving. Through the help of our partners, we are working to spread the message that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week really can improve your overall health and prevent disease. We provide news and resources on walking, health information, a personal pledge form to start walking, as well as a place to share stories about individual experiences with walking. For more info click here.
America Walks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that leads a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Our members are autonomous grassroots organizations from across the country, each working to improve conditions for walking in their area.
The mission of America Walks is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups, to educate the public about the benefits of walking, and, when appropriate, to act as a collective voice for walking advocates.
To carry out our mission, we provide a web-based, online support network for local pedestrian advocacy groups. We offer advice about how to get started and how to be effective with public officials and engineering and design professionals.
For more information about America Walks go to www.americawalks.org.
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is a nonprofit coalition of over 200 state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. The Alliance creates, strengthens and unites advocacy leaders who are transforming their communities into great places to bike and walk. Consistent with a mission to make neighborhoods more livable with safe access to walking and biking, the Alliance works with a diverse and far-reaching network of leaders working at the state, regional and local level.
The Alliance also compiles the comprehensive biennial Benchmarking Report (http://www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org/Benchmarking), publishes the Open Streets Guide (http://openstreetsproject.org/) and works with the League of American Bicyclists to offer resources and trainings to increase funding for active transportation through the Advocacy Advance Partnership (http://www.AdvocacyAdvance.org).
For more information go to: http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most importantly, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making to show everyone what can be achieved when we all work together.
Founded in 2010 in conjunction with – but independent from – Let’s Move!, PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity advocates. Supporting our effort is our honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside our honorary vice-chairmen The Honorable William H. Frist, MD, and The Honorable Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, NJ. Our board of directors also includes nationally recognized business leaders, advocates, health professionals and thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds.
For more information go to: http://www.ahealthieramerica.org.
Launched in 2004, the Thrive campaign embodies Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to total health. Our integrated health care delivery system and commitment to preventive care empowers our members to maximize their total health – mind, body, and spirit.
For More Information Go to: http://thrivewithkp.org
Smart Growth America advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. We believe smart growth solutions support businesses and jobs, provide more options for how people get around and make it more affordable to live near work and the grocery store. Our coalition works with communities to fight sprawl and save money. We are making America’s neighborhoods great together.
Making Communities Work for Everyone
At the heart of the American dream is the simple hope that each of us can choose to live in a neighborhood that’s beautiful, affordable and easy to get around. We want to create healthy communities with strong local businesses, schools and shops nearby, transportation options and jobs that pay well.
Americans want to make their neighborhoods great, and smart growth strategies help make that dream a reality. Smart growth is about creating local jobs and protecting the environment. It is about being able to safely walk to a park close by. It is about spending less time in traffic and more time doing what’s important to you.
Smart Investments and Common Sense Solutions
Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks so people can walk to their town center to ensuring that more homes are built near public transit or productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure that people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. Our solutions include:
*Coalition Building: Governors, business owners, bicycle activists, parents and organizations across the country are all part of growing communities that can be even greater. Smart growth is about making neighborhoods work for everyone, and the more people involved in that process the better.
*Policy Development: From using federal stimulus dollars to repair roads and create low-cost options for transportation, to adopting local water policies that work for developers and homebuyers alike, we are a policy resource on all things smart growth. We work with leaders at all levels of government to show which policy options are best for different communities and can help communities go from idea to implementation.
*Research: We make sure the smart growth policies we promote are not just good theory, but proven ideas. Research on topics from urban development to transportation to the cost of vacant properties in your community inform our work and are available online. New research is posted regularly, giving policymakers, businesses and community groups the tools they need to make sure growth is smartly done.
Support smart growth in your community by joining us. Together, we are making America’s neighborhoods great.
For more information go to: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org.
The MoonWalk New York City is an overnight half or full marathon in which approximately 3,500 women and men will Power Walk through the streets wearing decorated bras to raise awareness and funds for local breast cancer causes. The MoonWalk is the signature fundraising platform of the UK-based charity, Walk the Walk.
Walk the Walk began in 1996, when 13 women Power Walked the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Since then, the charity has grown to include a wide range of Power Walking marathons and challenges across the globe. To date, Walk the Walk Worldwide has had over 300,000 participants in its events and has raised over $144,000,000 for vital breast cancer causes.
Walk the Walk America will host its second annual fundraising event in the United States in New York City on Saturday, July 26, 2014 – Sunday, July 27, 2014. The goal for The MoonWalk New York City 2014 presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield is to make a significant grant to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Breast Examination Center of Harlem, where over 80% of the patients are uninsured. The MoonWalk New York City is working towards ensuring that every breast cancer patient – regardless of where she or he lives or works or was born – has the access to highly-skilled, empathetic breast cancer care and medicine to achieve the best outcome, no matter their circumstances.
For more information go to: www.walkthewalkamerica.com .
Funny Or Die is a comedy video website that combines user-generated content with original, exclusive content. The site is a place where celebrities, established and up-and-coming comedians and regular users can all put up stuff they think is funny. At the same time, the site hopes to eliminate all the junk that people have to pick through to find videos. That means around here you get to vote on what videos are funny and what videos deserve to die. Funny Or Die was created by the guys at Gary Sanchez Productions (Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy) and a bunch of Silicon Valley dudes and ladies. Michael Kvamme, an aspiring young comedian, came up with a concept for a new kind of comedy site and told his dad, Mark Kvamme of Sequoia Capital to write a check. Randy Adams, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, signed on to handle design and implementation. Now, Funny Or Die has offices in Japan, Madagascar and Bahn, nine full time lobbyists in Washington and an elite private security force consisting of four hundred soldiers and six attack helicopters.
For more information go to: http://www.funnyordie.com.
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
For more information go to: http://www.cancer.org.
The American Volkssport Association (AVA) serves as an umbrella organization for a grass roots network of about 300 chartered nonprofit sports clubs that conduct some 3,000 events in the 50 states. Fifty thousand individuals participate each year.
Founded in 1976, AVA is America’s permier noncompetitive sports organziation. We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that promotes family oriented sporting events that encourage fun, fitness and friendship for people of all ages and abilities.
Volkssporting originated in southern Germany in response to a need for outdoor activity for all ages, free from competition. Translated from German, it means “the sport of the people.” The hallmark of volkssporting is to promote personal physical fitness by providing opportunities for fun-filled, safe exercise in a stress free environment.
Volkssporting offers noncompeitive walks, cycling, swimming, roller skating, and in some areas cross country snow skiing and snowshoeing. Walking is the most popular activity. Meet friends, navigate scenic trails, and improve your physical and mental health. You enjoy your journey at your own pace.
Events sponsored by local clubs are availalbe in every state in the U.S. and in 28 countries worldwide. If you are looking for a club or event in a particular area, go to our website www.ava.org and click the link “Locate Walking Clubs.”
Local chartered clubs nationwide work with youth groups such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, etc. to organize walking events. There is a small fee to participate. Click the website link “Special Programs” for further information.
The AVA is run by an elected volunteer National Executive Council consisting of a Presdient, vice Presdient, Sectretary, Treasurer and ten Regional Directors. There is a paid staff with 6 individuals.
Its national headquarters is located at 1001 Pat Booker Road, Suite 101, Universal City, Texas, 78148. Telephone (210) 659-2112 or AVAHQ@ava.org.
For more information go to: http://www.ava.org.