PATHS – People Active on Trails for Health & Sustainability

This page was developed and is maintained by the PATHS (People Active on Trails for Health and Sustainability) Team through the University of Connecticut. We are an interdisciplinary team of University of Connecticut extension educators, faculty, and staff committed to understanding and promoting the benefits of trails and natural resources for health, community & economic development and implementing a social ecological approach to health education.  Our team works in a wide variety of departments and disciplines including public health, health education, nutrition, community development, and landscape architecture.

Printable-ENGLISH- PATHS Postcard (PDF)

Printable-SPANISH-PATHS-Postcard (PDF)

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Outdoor Education Program Pilot The goal of the  PATHS (People Active on Trails for Health and Sustainability) Outdoor Education Program Pilot is to increase use of parks and multi-use (bicycle pedestrian) trails by low-income families in Connecticut and enhance the outcomes of the collaborative PATHS team that includes Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and community development programs.

PATHS pop-up outdoor recreation daysThe PATHS pop-up outdoor recreation day events will involve the development of “pop up” play spaces to include food demonstrations, educational material distribution, Walk with an Educator, a bicycle fleet for youth with helmets and Bicycle Safety Clinics (by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors (LCI) offered in partnership with BikeWalkCT)  game and active toys, on three existing park or trail sites across the state at EFNEP locations. The events will provide an opportunity for trail safety and advocacy organizations to distribute information about bicycle and pedestrian safety and health education. Sites that may serve as pilots include Danbury, New Haven, Hartford, Meriden, or New Britain, all of which have existing outdoor recreation  amenities, EFNEP education programs, and community partners with capacity.

Educational “street sheets.  Educational materials development will include compiling a list of outdoor recreational amenities in the vicinity of the EFNEP site, adding them to existing educational “street sheets” (these include a variety of food, housing, and social services resources for low-income families) and printing.

Share the Trail Brochure about trail safety, etiquette on multi-use trails for bicyclists, walkers and equestrians.