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Ideas for Local Businesses - main street of a small townLocal businesses can also do their part to help older adults in their community become more active. These actions can benefit the whole community, not just older adults.

Some ideas for local businesses:

  • Place a bench and bike rack outside your store.

  • Sponsor a physical activity initiative in your area such as a weekly bus to the next town for a swim class or maintaining a stretch of trail.

  • Encourage employees to be active during their workday (e.g., holding walking meetings, allowing employees time to be active during lunch breaks).

  • Ask your local hardware store to provide instructions for building raised garden beds.

  • Stock shoe grips for winter and walking poles and reflective vests for year-round use on gravel roads.

  • Suggest that your library create a healthy living section with resources on older adult physical activity.

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