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Santa Barbara County Trails Council

Organization Mission

The mission of Healthy People Healthy Trails is to work collaboratively with land agencies, health-care providers, and community partners to improve the health and well-being of community members through the use and enjoyment of trails, parks, and open spaces.

The mission of the project’s fiscal agent, Santa Barbara County Trails Council, is to protect public trail access, build and maintain safe and sustainable trails, and promote public engagement in land stewardship and trail use for all types of outdoor recreation.

Social Change Project:

Connect to an active life. Connect to the outdoors. We provide the tools to get moving.

Walking is one of the simplest ways to be active. It can be done almost anywhere by people of all ages, at no cost. Our tools get people started. Our Prescription for Outdoor Activity is used by local doctors, and evidence shows it is a strong motivator. Our maps are said to be the nicest local walking maps. Our calendar is recognized as the most complete compilation of local group walks.

With funding, we can develop community health walks to raise awareness and give participants a place to gather, enjoy walks together, and build community.

The Healthy Lompoc Coalition, facilitated by the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization (LVCHO), is fortunate to be working with Healthy People Healthy Trails to expand its successful program in the Lompoc Valley. Our partnership has and will continue to allow us to bring this interactive social change opportunity to our community. This program has helped raise local awareness about the benefits of outdoor physical activity and just how accessible walking and hiking is in Santa Barbara County. This initiative has acted as a catalyst for conversations around workplace wellness and has led to local implementation of prescribing walking for health. We are excited to take this idea further by implementing ‘Walk With A Doc’ events to further encourage behavior change, and highlight the health benefits of physical activity.

- Emily Casarez, MSc. Director of Community Health, LVCHO