“Just start walking.” When doctors encourage people to start exercising, walking is often step one. It’s an activity most people can do, it’s easy and it’s free — but it’s not always that simple. “You can’t tell someone to go and walk their neighborhood if there’s no sidewalk, or to walk around the park if there’s no park,” says Jenny Bartlett-Prescott, senior director of integrated health programs for Church Health in Memphis. As a nonprofit providing services to those with little or no access to health care, Church Health sees firsthand how the environment matters. The built environment includes all of the physical parts of where we live and work: homes, buildings, streets, open spaces. According to the CDC, the […]
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Access to an area where people of all ages can gather together, enjoy the outdoors and exercise leads to improved physical and mental health. But before any of that can happen, you have to get people there.
When Phil Sinclair walks through David Carnes Park in the Whitehaven neighborhood in Memphis, memories come rushing back. Residents have been coming to watch their children play on the playground there for years, but for Sinclair, this place is far more personal: David Carnes was his grandfather.