Become a NorWALKER

Walking is a great, low-cost way to get active! In an effort to encourage more physical activity in Norwalk, the Health Department led a neighborhood walking program called “Become a NorWALKER.” With help from the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department and Norwalk Planning and Zoning Department, the Health Department mapped dozens of walking routes throughout the city. Find a neighborhood you would like to explore and become a NorWALKER!

Click here to see all the NorWALKER Walking Maps! 
NorWALKer Map for the City Hall Area

Local and National Recognition for NorWALKer Routes

NorWALKer routes are popular across the country! In September 2016, the NorWALKer program was recognized by the Mayor's Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets for creating networks that improve walkability and bikeability. Click here for a write-up from the U.S. Department of Transportation on Norwalk's accomplishments. 

Mayor's Challenge

In May 2017, the Norwalk Health Department was awarded the Best Place to Live-Work-Play Car-Free award by the Business Council of Fairfield County, thanks to its efforts to promote active transportation through the NorWALKer program. Recipients of this award "offer strong, sustainable commuting options that help to reduce traffic congestion and environmental pollutants; for efforts to attract top talent, increase employee satisfaction and retention by offering transportation programs that add to overall quality of life; and for contributing to vibrant and livable communities." 

In September 2017, the Norwalk Health Department presented on the success of the NorWALKer program at the National Walking Summit in St. Paul, MN. Over 600 individuals and organizations from across the country learned how Norwalk revamped its existing walking routes program to promote equitable access to opportunities to engage in physical activity for all residents and visitors of Norwalk.

Community Walks in Norwalk

Community-led walks are emerging throughout the City of Norwalk! Neighborhood walks are a great opportunity to meet new members of your community, to engage in regular physical activity, and to see parts of Norwalk you may not have explored before. As of February 2017, residents from the Silvermine and South Norwalk neighborhoods lead walks each month, following a NorWALKer Route or creating a walking route of their own. Click here to see the community walk schedule. 

If you would like to start a community walking program in your neighborhood, the Norwalk Health Department and Healthy for Life Project are here to help! Email Kaitlin Latham (klatham@norwalkct.org) for more information or help getting started.

More Information about Walking and Getting Active

 
Health officials recommend that all adults participate in 30 minutes or more of moderate to intense physical exercise on most days (for a total of about 150 minutes per week). This recommendation can be accomplished all at once or in smaller 10- to 15-minute periods throughout the day. Keep in mind that any physical activity is better than none, and getting started is the important step. 

Walking is one of the easiest, most accessible, and most beneficial forms of exercise. It offers a wide range of health benefits, encourages weight loss, requires minimal joint stress, and can be done by people of all ages. All you need is a pair of good shoes, some comfortable clothing, and a path to get started on your own walking journey. 

Walking Safety Tips

Walking Safety

Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs

Warm Up and Cool Down Tips