How’s your Walktober?

Let’s face it: adopting new healthy habits can be challenging. Sometimes it takes a little nudge to turn good intentions into action. If you’ve been meaning to try walking to school, work or other activities, “Walktober” is a great time to start!

Hundreds of schools across Oregon have walk-to-school community programs offering support, supervision, and maps for safe and reliable routes. See who’s walking.

For adults, check out the links to special walking events this month, as well as walking groups, assembled by Oregon Walks.

If you need more incentive, check out these step-tracking apps that help you earn donations for your miles. Walking apps that earn rewards.

And for some extra affirmation? Check out these 25 benefits of walking—it’s not just good for your bones and your heart, but for your creativity and relationships, too! 25 reasons why you should take a walk.

The list doesn’t even mention how walking is a gift to your community, getting cars off the road to ease traffic jams and cut pollution. That’s why OEC and our allies worked in legislature to make sure that programs like Safe Routes to School received funding.

As a member of OEC, you’re part of the effort to ensure walk-able communities in our state!

Happy Walktober.

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