The second Community First Hale & Hearty 7K will be in very walkable Fernandina Beach. With a walk scale of 94, Fernandina Beach is a leader in Northeast Florida, making it an ideal place to celebrate healthy communities.
What is a walk score? It is a measure of a community’s walkability, or how much of your daily routine can be done on foot. It does matter. According to the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, walkable neighborhoods have these benefits-
- Residents of walkable neighborhoods weigh 6-10 lbs less
- Walkable places make you happier and healthier
- Short commutes reduce stress and increase community involvement
- Cities with good public transit and access to amenities promote happiness
- Environment: 82% of CO2 emissions are from burning fossil fuels.
- Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.
- Finances: Cars are the second largest household expense in the U.S.
- One point of Walk Score is worth up to $3,000 of value for your property.
- Communities: Studies show that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10%.
Why 7K you ask? According to the Center for Disease Control a healthy community initiative includes these 7 design principles:
- Encourage Mixed Land Use and Greater Land Density so people can Walk and Bike More Easily!
- Provide Good Mass Transit to Reduce the Dependence upon Automobiles!
- Build good pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, including sidewalks and bike paths that are safely removed from automobile traffic as well as good right of way laws and clear, easy-to-follow signage.
- Ensure Affordable Housing is available for people of all income levels!
- Create community centers where people can gather and mingle as part of their daily activities.
- Offer access to green space and parks.
- Create outlets for fresh fruits and vegetables, such as community gardens and farmers markets.
The 7K highlights these 7 design principles. Learn more about the route and register for the March 16th event here: