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The Facts and Benefits of Trails.

U.S. Trails

The longest trail in America is the American Discovery Trail at 6,800 miles. - National Recreation & Park Association

Trees

Trees can lower your blood pressure, pulse rate, reduce symptoms of ADHD, and help kids perform better on tests. - Missouri Department of Conservation

Staying Alive

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends providing more facilities like trails to help people increase their physical activity. - Healthy People

Trails Popularity

Trails ranked 2nd out of 18 in importance as a community amenity in a 2002 survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Buyers. - Parks and Recreation Magazine

Building Trails

Documenting trail use can result in information that can make an organization more competitive for grant funding, improve future planning and improve the visibility of trails when overall community planning is done. - Research Gate

Trails Fight Depression

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. -  Mayo Clinic

You Need Parks

95 percent of U.S. adults, 92 percent of adolescents, and 58 percent of children aren't getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity. Parks can help.
-  The Trust for Public Land

Economic Impact

Across the U.S., parks, rivers, scenic lands, wildlife areas, and open space help to support the $502 billion tourism industry. - Adventure Cycling Association

Save Health Care Costs

A Brown University study reported that the United States could save $20 billion per year in healthcare costs if every American walked for an hour a day. 
-  Hartford Advocate

Missouri Jobs

In Missouri, the outdoor recreation economy generates $889 Million in State and Local tax revenue and impacts 133,000 direct jobs providing $4.6 Billion in wages and salaries in Missouri. 
-  Outdoor Industry Association

Fighting Obesity

32.5% of Adults and 29.4% of Children (ages 10 to 17) in Missouri are overweight or have obesity which is higher than the U.S. median. Current ranking is 17 of the 50 states for obesity. 
-  Trust for America's Health

Support Trail Towns

Recreational use of trails can bring new visitors to communities or “Trail Towns” which are a safe place where  trail users can find the goods and services they need while easily accessing the trail. Many will spend four times as much as a local non-trail user will spend, and an overnight trail visitor will spend twice that amount.
-  American Trails

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