University of Maryland Extension

Walk Audit Facilitator Training

Photo of Mark FentonTuesday, May 2, 2017
Loew's Annapolis Hotel
12:30-4:30 pm

Presenter: Mark Fenton

Session Overview

Become a Trained Walk Audit Facilitator!

A walk audit is a facilitated group walk of an area to observe both challenges to and opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. This Pre-Conference will introduce participants to facilitated walk audits, as well as prepare them to conduct walk audits in their own neighborhoods. The session will demonstrate how walk audits can serve to inspire community leaders and stakeholders, educate participants on healthy design principles and best practices, and provide practical planning for specific interventions, policy, and environmental improvements.

Wear your walking shoes, as you'll be walking as a part of this session!

This session outlines the premise and approach to conducting walk audits. The essential principles of pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly design, as well as details of planning and implementing a walk audit will be explored.

Session participants will engage in a walk audit with an experienced facilitator, in a real world setting......downtown Annapolis!

Participants who are trained during this pre-conference will have the opportunity to work on teams and practice newly acquired skills by leading Walk Audits for other conference participants during Concurrent Sessions #1 and/or #2.

About the Speaker

Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television. He's author of numerous books including the best-selling "Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness" (Lyons Press, 2nd edition 2008). He was a developer of the University of North Carolina's Safe Routes to School clearinghouse, and facilitator for the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking; he now provides technical training and community planning as an independent consultant.

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