UOG designs village walking/running trail maps
Step-by-step the people of Guam can improve their health. With a little help from the University of Guam, the island community can be one step closer with new village walking/running maps.
The maps feature popular trails and paths throughout the island. Each provides detailed illustrations of trails, distance information, difficulty level, and type of terrain. Some provide healthy living tips.
“The project is a collaboration between UOG Triton Athletics department and the College of Natural and Applied Sciences,” said Jim Hollyer, associate dean for Extension & Outreach at CNAS. “We just wanted a way for our community to know exactly how far they are going on various pathways, and the mapping project is one of those ways.”
Dr. Tanisha Aflague, with the Community Nutrition Education Program at CNAS-Extension & Outreach, collaborated with the Children Healthy Living Program and Non-Communicable Disease Consortium to develop Walk-A-Mile maps in select villages for community wellness programs, including the UOG campus.
“We were inspired by first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign that features parks, paths, and playgrounds to be physically active,” Aflague said. “We’ve localized this concept to sustain efforts and partnerships initiated by the CHL Program.”
For many seeking an ocean view and light breezes while running laps, the University of Guam is a favorite destination. The UOG map features over 17 different trail combinations including the famous Marine Lab hill and is posted at the Calvo Field House entrance.
“At UOG, we have a renewed emphasis in wellness, and these maps will make it easier for members of our university community and our island community meet their wellness goals,” said Doug Palmer, Athletic director.
All maps were designed by CNAS’s graphic artist, Emily Shipp. The maps are available for download from the CNAS website: http://cnas-re.uog.edu/walking-maps/.
For more information about the walking/running maps, contact Aflague at 735-2026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (UoG)