University of Pittsburgh Graduate School
of Public Health Partners with the
Pennsylvania Department of
Health on WalkWorks to Increase
Physical Activity in Western PA

Family walking

From groups with guides to routes with maps,
WalkWorks is an outdoor walking experience

Activity Log

Track your progress, download the Activity Log to
track your physical activity from week to week.

Friends exercising

If you have been looking for an easy, fun, and free way to start exercising, here is your chance! WalkWorks is a local walking program for people of all ages and abilities. WalkWorks:

  • Identifies and promote safe walking routes
  • Establishes guided community-based walking groups
  • Impact local policy to increase access to safe walking routes
  • Helps schools develop walk-to-school programs

Start walking today! Find a local walking route or walking group near you in one of the following counties:

Cambria, Crawford, Greene,
McKean, Venango, Washington

Why Walk?

Walking is a great way to get healthy and have fun with your family and friends of all ages! Regular walking at a moderate pace can:

  • Help you control your weight
  • Provide stress relief
  • Improve your mood and sleep
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Reverse normal age-related memory loss
  • Delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Reduce the risk for depression, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and breast and colon cancers
  • Improve your ability to manage arthritis

Visit the WalkWorks Resources to learn about walking, geocaching, and more.

What is WalkWorks?

To increase opportunities for physical activity, the Pennsylvania Department of Health partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice to create a network of fun, fact-filled community-based walking routes and walking groups. This network, a pilot program called WalkWorks, is implemented in rural communities that were selected by comparing multiple data sources (i.e. BRFSS, mortality, hospitalization) and measuring capacities of the community to sustain the program. WalkWorks encourages sustainable physical activity through the built environment, social supports, and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Walking groups promote physical activity via the walking routes in each county. The following counties were chosen for the pilot program: Cambria, Crawford, Greene, McKean, Venango, and Washington.

In addition addition to social supports and physical activity, WalkWorks promotes policy change via policy briefs, which consolidate national and state recommended and evidence-based policy, and environmental approaches. These strategies lay the foundation in Pennsylvania to promote ongoing policy discussion around the benefits of physical activity.

Local WalkWorks Partners

Policy Briefs

Executive Summary

WalkWorks is supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (3U58DP001987-01S2). Information herein is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the official views of the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the federal government.