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Establishing a Community-Based Walking Group Program to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth and Adults

This Action Guide provides information on the resources and key steps to establish a community-based walking group program. Walking groups are a way of fostering social support, which arises from social networks and relationships in social settings outside the family that helps in coping, managing stress, and changing behaviors such as increasing physical activity. Social support can be an important influence on an individual’s overall health and well-being, and a walking group program can help individuals initiate and maintain physical activity by providing needed companionship and support. Walking groups can accommodate a diverse range of individuals, including young people or adults and those sedentary or previously physically active.


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