Walk Wise, Drive Smart
A program that caters to promote different methods and the general idea of senior-pedestrian safety issues that are closely related to the activity of walking.
Extensive Community Feedback
Gathering feedback to enable the process further and advance the many stages needed for its implementation, up-gradation and so on.
- A series of walking audits of Hendersonville neighborhoods
- Gathers extensive community feedback through surveys and interviews
- Identifies elements needed to implement a pedestrian safety plan
A Safer And More Inviting Walking Community
By bringing forward relatable methods into the process, our programs stand to initiate the formation of a safer community that is inclusive of all kinds of people. With this in hand, the entire society will begin to benefit as they move ahead into the path of progress.
More than 31 percent of Hendersonville ’s population is age 65 and older, making it an ideal model community for the Walk Wise, Drive Smart program. Improving the pedestrian environment in Hendersonville will benefit not only senior adults, but also all residents and visitors to the area.
Focus On Senior Pedestrian Safety
All our efforts and understanding go into the aspect of making senior pedestrian safety procedures viable and transparent to the entire community.
Plenty of exercises are known to keep you fit but walking is still the best among them. Walking daily is the best you can do with your body and soul. However, there is a huge difference between walking fast and just strolling. If you are walking with a motive to stay fit then walking slow would never be enough for you. Walking at a normal pace could make you feel good but might not be challenging enough. Therefore if you are looking improve your personal fitness training and to make your body and soul fit then you must practice fast walking in a safe environment and involve it in your daily life but always be careful and don’t over do it. If you are wondering how fast walking can help you then here are 5 health benefits of fast walking that you must be aware of.
- Improves heart health– fast walking is the best exercise for people of all age groups especially adults. it is known to reduce the risk of heart problems and other cardiovascular diseases. Men and women who have the habit of walking in speed for at least four hours a day are said to have healthier heart and very less heart issues.
- Reduces weight– for people who are not comfortable with running to reduce their weight can adopt fast walking. It is a moiré effective weight loss exercise as compared to all the other gym work outs. Walking daily for at least 5 to 6 hours can reduce your weight at a fast pace and you will see the difference e in a week. Therefore try to take a walk to nearby places instead of taking a vehicle.
- Regulates the blood pressure– as walking fast can increase the health of your heart, it can also regulate blood pressure problems in your body. The patients of increased blood pressure levels who walk daily with a good speed are seen a drastic drop in their blood pressure. Fast walking also increases the stamina of your body making you energetic for the whole day.
- Strengthen bone health– it is important for your bones to be in motion continuously so that they do not get jammed or damaged with time. Walking in a fast pace can help increasing your bone health as almost all the bones of the body are in motion while walking fast. Regular practice of fast walk can improve your posture of the body and increase balancing power. it can also prevent the problems like arthritis and pain in the joints.
- Improves digestion– in the world where food items are not pure and healthy, bad stomach and digestion problems are very common. Walking fast regularly can help your body to improve the digestion and solve all the problems like constipation, bloating, diarrhea and problems like colon cancer. Besides having healthy diet, walking regularly can improve it. Post dinner walking is also quite effective however; you must not walk fast after that.
There are hundreds of more benefits of walking fast like improved strength of muscles, boost immune system, increased lung capacity and so on. Therefore walk daily as it can do a lot of good to you.
Walking is a healthy activity and is good for us especially for the elderly who cannot perform complex exercises and cannot take part in resistance training, it is important for them to walk regularly so that they can keep themselves well and good. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) published a report stating that in 2018 itself the number of pedestrian deaths amounted to more than 7600. The world population is booming each day and there is a massive rise in the number of motor vehicles on the road. There is a huge risk to pedestrians as the space for walking is being consumed by motor vehicles and moreover for senior citizens who are at risk by the vehicles and the ever-increasing pollution, the whole idea of taking a healthy walk is proving to be contradictory. A large number of senior citizens commute by walking as it is a healthy form of transportation, puts less stress on eyesight as compared to driving while other forms of public transport are noting but disturbing and redundant for them, the traffic issues and unsafe conditions are no help to them so walking seems to be the best option. Since their vision weakens more by each day and reflexes get slowed, the elderly become more prone to being a victim of a pedestrian accident. The Loyola University Health System conducted a survey which stated that senior citizens amount to less than 15 per cent of the American population but end up being the victims of pedestrian accidents for up to 25 per cent of the total accidents.
The government and the civil society should work hand in hand to solve this issue and raise awareness on this matter. To being with, the elderly should be encouraged to engage in physical activities so that they could enhance their motor skills and improve reflexes. They should also undertake regular meditation sessions which will help them attain a better presence of mind and work on the senses. Elders should not cross the road in a hurry and must look at both sides of the road to ensure a safe crossing, they should cross the road with other pedestrians, a group of people crossing the road is easily visible as compared to being individual. If needed they should ask for help and not be shy, help might save them from a potential accident and we must encourage the young to be considerate and be eager to help. There should be signs for drives to slow down at crossings and the authorities must make sure that these rules are followed.
From Our Supporters
“From the moment I heard about this initiative, I realised that I have to be a part of it, considering the level of importance that it holds.”
– J. Boggs
“I have always wanted to provide my support to initiatives and programs that matter the most. With Walk Wise, my need has been formalised as I am ready to give all that I can to carry it forward.”