Walking As A Solution
Walking can be incorporated into school activities such as physical education, recess, after-school activity programs, and physical activity breaks. Schools can encourage walking by promoting safe routes for students to walk to and from school. School facilities such as gyms, playgrounds, fields, and tracks could be used by the community during outside of school time as an intervention to increase physical activity in the community.
Safe Routes to School program
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program aims to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The goal is to reverse the decline in children walking and bicycling to schools, increase kids' safety, and reverse the alarming nationwide trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, improve air quality, and improve community members’ overall quality of life.
The Discover Inclusive Safe Routes to School Guidebook: An Inclusive Guide
NCHPAD has created The Discover Inclusive Safe Routes to School Guidebook, which offers extensive insight, recommendations, and resources for creating or adapting a Safe Routes program that benefits all children by utilizing inclusion as a cornerstone principle. Some topics covered in the Guidebook include:
- benefits of and barriers to participation in Safe Routes programs for students with disabilities
- inclusive planning and design accommodation recommendations
- strategies for inclusive participation
- recommendations for promoting the program through various media
- volunteer training recommendations
- additional resources including assistive technology descriptions, sample flyers, further readings, and program evaluation forms
To learn more about this guidebook and to request a printed copy and/or to receive technical assistance regarding creating an inclusive Safe Routes to School program, please contact NCHPAD. Follow this link to view and download the Guidebook.
- SRTS Home Page: http://saferoutespartnership.org/
- SRTS Resource Page: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
- SRTS Guide: http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/steps/index.cfm
- How I Walk campaign factsheet: https://www.nchpad.org/howiwalk/
- America Walks Home Page: http://americawalks.org/
- Project for Public Spaces Home Page: https://www.pps.org/
- Walk & Bike to School Home Page: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/
- AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/getting-around/info-2014/aarp-walk-audit-tool-kit.html