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Move Yourself to Better Health

Physical Activity - Safety

Outdoor Play New For Schools For Workplaces Sedentary Time  Walking
family crossing the street


Walkers should:

  • carry identification and a cell phone
  • bring water if going on a long walk
  • wear comfortable shoes
  • wear bright, reflective clothing – especially if walking at night
  • dress for the weather conditions
  • walk in places where you feel safe
  • cross streets at traffic lights, stop signs or crosswalks
  • use the sidewalk if available
  • walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks
  • avoid using headphones (or only wear in one ear and keep volume low)
  • avoid using cell phones or texting while walking
  • tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return
  • walk in daylight or in well-lit areas
  • stop walking if you feel any pain
  • check the air quality health index and UV index before you start your walk
  • be sun safe
two girls walking in the snow