A resolution proclaiming October 1 through 8, 2010, as the 12th Annual Walk Nashville Week and October 6, 2010, as Walk to School Day.

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Council recognizes the importance of walking as a healthy activity for all people in our community, and the importance of making walking safer for all people, especially our children; and

WHEREAS, walking or biking instead of driving creates cleaner, safer and environmentally healthier neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, Walk Nashville Week affords people the opportunity to spend more time with their children, reduces car use and traffic hazards, promotes physical activity and contributes to a safer community; and

WHEREAS, Walk Nashville Week 2010 events will include the following:

• Nashville on the Move/Walk Nashville Week Kick-off Event (October 1)
• Nashville CARES AIDS Walk (October 2)
• Walk to the Titans Game (October 3)
• Walk Your Neighborhood (October 4)
• Walk to Work (October 5)
• Walk to School (October 6)
• Walk for Active Aging (October 7)
• Walk at Lunch (October 8)

WHEREAS, Nashville schools are now in session and more children are walking to and from neighborhood schools many of them during the time of the day when many motorists are rushing to work or heading home after a tiring day at work; and

WHEREAS, children, parents and community leaders from at least 36 schools in Nashville will join with participants worldwide for international Walk to School Day on October 6, 2010, to walk to school and evaluate pedestrian safety in their community; and

WHEREAS, Nashvillians of all ages will also take part in the Walk for Active Aging on October 7, which is encouraged worldwide by the World Health Organization to inspire senior adults to be physically active throughout their lifespan, which will include organized walks for all generations, and older adult residences of Senior Centers; and

WHEREAS, Nashville on the Move Day encourages area companies and local office buildings to encourage workers to get out of the work place and walk to a restaurant for lunch on October 8th; and

WHEREAS, those Nashvillians who cannot participate in these listed events during Walk Nashville Week, or realize the benefits of walking for health are encouraged to walk to work on October 5th, and around their neighborhood on October 4th or just a little farther from their cars; and


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record proclaiming October 1 through 8, 2010, as the 12th Annual Walk Nashville Week and October 6, 2010, as Walk to School Day.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to the Nashville Community Health & Wellness Team.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Jim Forkum, Erica Gilmore, Vivian Wilhoite


Referred: Rules & Confirmations Committee 
Introduced: September 21, 2010
Adopted: September 21, 2010
Approved: September 27, 2010