Initiative Seeks to Increase Walkable Communities

Posted on 05/31/23 by The AARP Bulletin

AARP Vermont and America Walks are teaming up on a six-month fellowship program for adults 50-plus who want to learn how to make their communities healthier and more walkable.

Fifteen Vermont State Walking College fellows were selected this year to participate in the distance-learning program, which includes online training modules, video discussion forums, community assignments and one-on-one coaching with a mentor.

Each fellow is working to create a walking action plan for their individual community and getting instruction in walkable community design, strategic planning, coalition-building, local public policy and leadership development.

AARP Vermont helped identify and select the fellows. “The Walking College is a great opportunity for Vermonters to make positive change in their communities,” says Kelly Stoddard Poor, AARP Vermont’s outreach director. To learn more, visit "Meet the Walking College Fellows."

This story is provided by AARP Vermont. Visit the AARP Vermont page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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