Earl B. Fitts Park in Goldston before playground addition.
Goldston Mayor Tim Cunnup cuts ribbon for new playground.
Earl B. Fitts Park in Goldston after the playground addition is complete.
What is Active Chatham?
Active Chatham is a community-based coalition that advocates for health through physical activity and fitness.
Active Chatham was started in 2000 to encourage Chatham residents to become more physically active. This group also works to promote physical activity in schools, worksites, and communties.
Physical Activity Resource Guide has been Updated!
Looking for a place to walk, bike, or play in Chatham County? Look no further! This Physical Activity Map has a list of available free locations that offer you the opportunity to get moving and have fun. Printed versions are available starting July 2013 at the Chatham County Public Health Department located at 80 East Street, Pittsboro, NC.
Click here for the Physical Activity Resource Guide.
What has Active Chatham done in the past?
- Annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk- Click here for more information.
- Carry out programs for schools and other groups
- Improve existing county trails
- Park clean-ups
- Pedometer program
- Promote the importance of physical activity.
- Serve as advisors to county physical activty related projects
- Walk Pittsboro
Active Chatham Bylaws
- Click here for the Active Chatham Bylaws, approved April 2013.
For more information or to be a part of Active Chatham, contact Jennifer Parker at 919-545-8444 or at email@example.com.
New Parks Blog
The town of Pittsboro Parks and Recreation has started a blog. Click here for the latest scoop on Pittsboro parks.
Why is physical activity so important?
Physical activity does the following:
- Decreases the risk of heart disease, diabetes high blood pressure, and some types of cancer
- Reduces feelings of anxiety and depression
- Controls weight
- Helps build healthy bones, muscles, and joints
How much physical activity should I get?
Adults should meet one of these physical activity recommendations:
- Adults should engage in moderate intensity (walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming, or bicycling on flat ground), physical activities for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days of the week.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/American College of Sports Medicine
- Adults should engage in vigrous intensity (jogging, mowing the lawn with a nonmotorized pushmower, high-impact aerobic dancing, swimming continuous laps, or bicycling uphill), physical activity 3 or more days per week for 20 or more minutes per occasion
– Healthy People 2010
Where can I find more information on getting physically active?
Try the following links for more information:
Active Living by Design- http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Physical Activity Page- http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/index.htm
Eat Smart Move More North Carolina- http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Guide to Physical Activity- http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/phy_act.htm
United States Department of Agriculture Inside the Pyramid-