Tanglewood Trail Walking Program

In 2017, 89 community members participated in the Tanglewood Trail Walking Program.  The program is a community-driven fresh foods walking program. Participants received $10 to spend on fruits and vegetables at their local farmer's market every Saturday (June - September) that they walked the Tanglewood Trail (approximately 1 mile round trip) to the market. The program resulted in significant improvements in health, increased fruit and vegetable consumption and knowledge pertaining to the protective effects of nutrition against the detrimental health effects of environmental pollution. Improved health outcomes included favorable changes in blood cholesterol levels. Participants self-reported consuming more fruits and vegetables per day. Interview data demonstrated the value of the program to the community in that participants reported the program saves lives, improves health and motivates people to be physically active and eat healthier.