Walk to school day 2011 lwwr conf call 9 15_11


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Creating Safe Environments For Students to Walk or Bike to School Can Increase Their Daily Physical Activity. How are kids getting to school? What are some of the barriers to walking, biking to school?

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Walk to school day 2011 lwwr conf call 9 15_11

  1. 1. International Walk to School Day 2011 LiveWell Wheat Ridge Conference Call September 15, 2011
  2. 2. Presentation Overview 1. Who is LiveWell Wheat Ridge? 2. Children and Physical Activity 3. International Walk to School Day 2011 4. Safe Routes to School Grants 5. Resources
  3. 3. Molly Hanson, LiveWell Wheat Ridge Coordinator Ted Heyd, LiveWell Wheat Ridge Technical and Planning Consultant Lieutenant Wade Hammond, Wheat Ridge Police Department Dayna Ashley-Oehm – Wheat Ridge Community Member Conference Call Contributors
  4. 4. Who is LiveWell Wheat Ridge? LiveWell Wheat Ridge (LWWR) is one of 22 Colorado communities funded by LiveWell Colorado working to reduce childhood and adult obesity . LiveWell Wheat Ridge is a partnership of community stakeholders to create an environment and culture which supports healthy eating and active living (HEAL) to combat adult and childhood obesity. We accomplish this through supporting Wheat Ridge programs, policies and changes to the physical environment and community infrastructure .
  5. 5. <ul><li>Creating Safe Environments For Students to Walk or Bike to School Can Increase Their Daily Physical Activity </li></ul>
  6. 6. Source: NHTS – National Household Travel Survey - Federal Highway Administration 60% Driven 27% Bused 1% Biked 12% Walked How Are Kids Currently Getting to School?
  7. 7. Physical Layout of Community Time and Family Schedules Safety Potential Barriers to Walking and Bicycling to School Information take from CDC presentation Walking and Bicycling to School: Community Presentation
  8. 8. Why is walking to school important? What are the benefits? Information take from CDC presentation Walking and Bicycling to School: Community Presentation
  9. 9. Walk to School Day Getting Started <ul><li>Week of October 3, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Identify a steering team </li></ul><ul><li>Get school administrative </li></ul><ul><li>buy-in </li></ul><ul><li>Think about seniors as a partner in the event </li></ul>
  10. 10. Issues to Consider When Planning Your Walk to School Day <ul><li>Choose safe routes; determine where groups will cross the street </li></ul><ul><li>Determine where groups will meet – consider a staging area assign at least 5 adults to each staging area </li></ul><ul><li>Place safety volunteers along the routes </li></ul><ul><li>Consider placing signs along the routes </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Walking to School </li></ul><ul><li>What Children Should Know </li></ul><ul><li>Walk with an adult until you are age 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Walk on the sidewalk </li></ul><ul><li>Walk facing traffic when on the street </li></ul><ul><li>Look left, right, left </li></ul><ul><li>Walk, do not run </li></ul><ul><li>Dress in bright colors </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to your planned route </li></ul>
  12. 12. Walking to School What Guardians Should Know <ul><li>When walking, consider age, traffic, facilities and distance </li></ul><ul><li>Practice with your child </li></ul><ul><li>Walk in groups </li></ul><ul><li>Teach safe behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Remind your child to look both ways </li></ul><ul><li>Stress the dangers of driveways, parking lots, and intersections </li></ul>
  13. 13. Walk to School Day <ul><li>Market your event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected officials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider providing breakfast and/or incentives to increase participation </li></ul><ul><li>Go to http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/bikeped/safe-routes/walk-to-school to register your event, download a free WTSD toolkit and order free promotional items </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate your success </li></ul>
  14. 14. Additional SRTS Webinar – September 20 @ 11am <ul><li>Creating BUZZ Around Your SRTS Event </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Presenters: </li></ul><ul><li>Caroline Dickson, National Center for Safe Routes to School Rosie Stern, Michigan Fitness Foundation Katy Jones, UNC Highway Safety Research Center    This webinar will highlight a unique and fun WTS event and provide tips on how to get the word out, involve media, and bring attention to your WTS activities. </li></ul><ul><li>This webinar is part of the Safe Routes to School Coaching Action Network Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. For more information please contact Michelle Gulley at [email_address] </li></ul>
  15. 15. Measuring Impact and Participation of Your WTSD Event <ul><li>Participant Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfaction Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Walk to School Day <ul><li>Make this more than a one-day event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walking School Bus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Walking Wednesdays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>Source: Google Images
  17. 17. Walking School Bus and Other Creative Applications to Make Walking to School Fun Source: Google Images
  18. 18. How to Keep the Momentum and Build Upon Walk To School Events …… Source: Google Images
  19. 19. Safe Routes to Schools Create Healthier Communities <ul><li>Many stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Common agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Highly adaptable </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul>
  20. 20. http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/kidswalk/pdf/kidswalk.pdf Kids Walk-to-School: A Guide to Promote Walking to School: Brochure from CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/kidswalk/pdf/kidswalk_brochure.pdf Supplemental Information Denver Public School &quot;Getting to School Safely&quot; DVD (In English and Spanish) http://riskmanagement.dpsk12.org/traffic_safety_dvd
  21. 21. http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/guide/walking_school_bus/resources_wsb.cfm http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/kidswalk/resources.htm#guide Additional Resources http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/294/17/2160
  22. 22. Thank You! For more information or questions please contact: Molly Hanson LiveWell Wheat Ridge Coordinator [email_address] PH 720-345-8547