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5 Ways Walking Can Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health

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By: Megan Malone and Jonathon Stalls

Many people walk for transportation or in order to lose weight and get in better shape. Did you know that walking also has incredible mental and emotional health benefits? Here are 5 ways walking can improve your mental and emotional health.

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Walking from Longmont to Boulder

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By: Walk2Connect Founder, Jonathon Stalls

“You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.”

~ Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, “Teach Your Children”

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Growing a Walking Community from the Ground Up: Walk2Connect’s Work in Boulder, Colorado

By: Darcy Kitching

Last week, Walk2Connect member-owner and Boulder Program Director, Darcy Kitching, attended the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Vancouver, B.C. The conference, a biannual gathering of active transportation professionals coordinated by the Project for Public Spaces, brought together more than 1,000 city planners, transportation engineers, public health professionals, elected officials, community leaders, and professional walking and bicycling advocates from around the world. 

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We’re Now A Cooperative!

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We are eager to announce some fun and exciting updates happening with our growing walking community. Many of you know that we’ve been in an organizational transition for the past 6 months. We’ve had to better discern what’s working, what’s not, and how to move forward in a way that best reflects who we are and where we want to go. We organized a focused think-tank back in November of last year and it’s launched us into where we are as we send this message to you.

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Celebrating Rachel Hultin

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Making friends as an adult has never come easy for me. That’s not easy for me to admit, but none the less, it’s true. I don’t have some of the natural and easier pathways to make friends. I don’t live near anyone I work with, and my daughter goes to a school outside of our neighborhood’s natural boundaries. So I generally don’t make friends with parents of her friends, either. My husband and I both work on virtual teams for different Fortune 500 companies,and we both work out of our house.

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This is community…

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By: Walk2Connect Founder, Jonathon

Words can’t begin to describe the gratitude I have for our community. I have just returned home from getting Edrie’s foot up and iced in her beautiful home near Sloan’s Lake. Her cat and a few friends will be watching over her tomorrow and throughout the weekend.  I carried with me all afternoon and evening the endless warm greetings, hugs, and new faces gathered up at the parking lot before we started walking. 

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Winter Warrior Walking Tips!

Take notes and be sure to share your Winter Walking photos with us on the Walk2Connect Facebook Page! #lifeat3mph #winterwarriors

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Walk2Connect in Southern Colorado

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By: Community Program Director, Rachel Hultin

The morning of October 24th, Jonathon and I rolled into San Luis, a small town with fewer than 700 people in southern Colorado. This was the last of 3 trips to the area to work with the amazing Costilla County Public Health team to develop a walking program in partnership with CPC Community Health.

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On Walking…

By: Walk2Connect Cooperative, Jonathon Stalls 

When having ‘hard times’ conversation with friends, family members or new faces I so often feel compelled to convince them to drop everything – now – and find a way to walk to the state line.  If they can’t manage to do that then I would convince them that they can walk to the nearest town (ex Boulder or Ft Collins for Colorado folk) from their home

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What Am I?

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By: Walk2Connect Cooperative, Rachel Hultin

If you look up the word “pedestrian” in the dictionary, you’ll find something along these lines: 

  1. [noun] a person walking along a road or in a developed area.
  2. [adjective] lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.

Whoa. Both definitions strike me as problematic need a little exploring so this is the first of two blog posts prodding the word “Pedestrian”. We’ll start with definition #1

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