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ithacawalks120Almost everyone needs more physical activity in their day, and the new Ithaca Neighborhood Walking Map can help.  The map is a guide to walking for health in downtown Ithaca.  In it you’ll find six routes that span every downtown neighborhood, points of interests including parks and playgrounds, and the full Cayuga Waterfront Trail set to be completed this summer.

The maps are free and have been distributed at numerous locations around downtown. Pick one up and get some regular walking in your week. For more encouragement and inspiration getting going, the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County is hosting 'Noons in June' walks, a guided walking series on Thursdays and Fridays in June. All walks are rated easy and maps will be given to all participants.

The Center for Disease Control recommends walking at a brisk pace at least 30 minutes a day five days a week in order to reap the many health benefits of walking. These include reducing the risk of high blood pressure, depression, injuries, arthritis, and osteoporosis while also boosting endorphins and increasing productivity. The Walking Map is one of many Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play in Tompkins County initiatives to improve the built environment for physical activity and reduce obesity and type II diabetes in our community.

Maps are available throughout the city including the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, Ithaca Visitors Center, Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, Lifelong and the Ithaca Youth Bureau.

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