To support the national goal of better health through physical activity, CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program has developed KidsWalk-to-School. This is a community-based program that aims to increase opportunities for daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults.
At the same time, the program advocates for communities to build partnerships with the school, PTA, local police department, department of public works, civic associations, local politicians, and businesses to create an environment that is supportive of walking and bicycling to school safely. By creating active and safe routes to school, walking to school can once again be a safe, fun, and pleasant part of children's daily routine.
The goals of KidsWalk-to-School are to
- Encourage children to walk and bicycle to and from school.
- Increase awareness of the importance of regular physical activity for children, improved pedestrian safety, and healthy and walkable community environments.
- Mobilize communities to work together to create safe routes to school.
Anticipated benefits of the KidsWalk-to-School program include
- Increased levels of daily physical activity for children.
- Increased likelihood that children and adults will choose to walk and bike for other short distance trips.
- Improved neighborhood safety.
- Fewer cars traveling through the neighborhood.
- Fewer cars congesting the pick-up and drop-off points at the school.
- Friendlier neighborhoods as people get out and about interacting with one another.
and Bicycling to School: Community Presentation
Information in the PowerPoint presentation may be presented to a neighborhood, school, or community to increase knowledge and interest in participating in a Walk & Bicycle to School program.
Quick Start Resource
This resource is intended to provide key references, tools, and components for the planning, implementation, evaluation, and promotion of walk-to-school programs. Nonfederal Web site addresses are provided for informational purposes only, and this listing does not imply CDC endorsement of these programs.
Train the Trainer
This PowerPoint presentation was developed to encourage state level promotion of walk and bicycle to school programs by building state level partnerships and assisting local constituents to develop walk and bicycle to school programs. Includes various reference links.
KidsWalk: Then and Now — Barrier and
Rates of walking to and from school have declined since first measured in 1969. This page explores the reported barriers to walking and bicycling to/from school over time as a possible explanation, and offers potential solutions to overcome barriers.
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Page last updated: May 22, 2007
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion