NORWICH – A new initiative from the U.S. Surgeon General has communities all over, including the City of Norwich, calling to question how safe and easily accessible sidewalks are for pedestrians.
“Step it Up!” the Surgeon General’s call to action to promote walking and walkable communities, encourages folks to exercise by walking, and duly calls for municipalities to better support walking and walkability.
According to the Surgeon General, one out of every two U.S. adults is living with a chronic disease, such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes, thus contributing to disability, premature deaths, and skyrocketing health care costs.
By having communities that are more walkable and accessible, health risk factors are drastically reduced, says the Surgeon General. What’s more, walkable communities promote social interaction, safety, air pollution, and make for a more attractive place for businesses to locate.