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1/28/2016 - Active Routes to School


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Active Routes to School

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1/28/2016 - Active Routes to School

  1. 1. Counties Served: Jackson*, Graham, Clay, Cherokee, Swain, Macon, Haywood & Transylvania Jackie Moore Region 1 Coordinator Adapted from the National Center for Safe Routes to School’s “Improving Health, Safety and Transportation”
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  3. 3. What is Active Routes to School? • NC Division of Public Health and NC Department of Transportation • Administered through the local NC health departments Partnership • NC Safe Routes to School initiatives • Local, regional and state community safety and health initiatives Alignment • Began as a Three year project scheduled to end 2016 now extended through 2019.Timing
  4. 4. Benefits of Walking and Biking to School • Increases academic performance • Improves health – decreased obesity and asthma-related events • Teaches fundamental safety skills Children • Improves the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists • Provides cost savings by reducing need for “hazard” busing • Benefits the local economy by funding construction projects • Improves the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists • Provides cost savings by reducing need for “hazard” busing • Benefits the local economy by funding construction projects School/ Community • Improves air quality by reducing vehicle emissions • Reduces traffic congestion near schools Environment
  5. 5. Physical Activity Recommendations Children and adolescents need 1 hour or more of physical activity daily. This should include: 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily Data Source: United States Department of Health and Human Services. 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Accessed 04/2015.
  6. 6. Good news! Communities are taking action on behalf of their kids
  7. 7. Elements of Safe Routes to School programs Education Encouragement Enforcement Engineering Evaluation
  8. 8. Active Routes to School Goal Increase the number of elementary and middle school students who safely walk and bike to or AT school.
  9. 9. Project Activities Active Routes is implementing Safe Routes to School initiatives through local health departments across the state.
  10. 10. Is It Working? 19 85 41 156 110 TBD 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 Bike to School Day (May) Walk to School Day (October) 2013 2014 2015 Data Source: Schools registered on Accessed 5/11/15 Active Routes to School Starts 2014 Active Routes to School Starts 2014 84% Increase! 479% Increase!
  11. 11. Schools served in Jackson County • Fairview ( am and pm walk/run program) • Cullowhee Valley (walking Wednesday) • Blue Ridge • School of Alternatives (walk across America & Appalachian Trail) • Scotts Creek ( sea to sea walk across NC) • Heritage Christian Academy (no PE classes available = walking program) • The Summit Charter School • Smokey Mountain Elementary
  12. 12. Region 1 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson*, Macon, Swain, Transylvania Weekly Walking Wednesday • The Scoop – Cullowhee Valley School started a weekly walking program for K-8 students – Cullowhee, NC: Jackson County • Partners – Jackson County Parks and Recreation, Western Carolina University and Cullowhee Valley School. • Program Reach – An average of 50 students and their families as well as numerous WCU community volunteers & teachers walk each Wednesday • Program Resulted in: – Community partners collaborated to lead a countywide walking program. – About 50 students, parents, and volunteers walk a quarter-mile trail from Jackson County Recreation Department to the school. – WCU football coaches and players assisted as walking buddies and safety patrol members along the trail. While WCU players earned service learning credits for their efforts, most maintained their volunteer roles till the school year’s end as they had built friendships with the students.
  13. 13. Clay County Summer Bicycle program
  14. 14. Common Elements Among Programs that Increased Walking and Bicycling 1. In-school champion 2. Promotional activities 3. Parent support 4. Policies
  15. 15. Making the connection: How can YOU engage with Active Routes to School? • Community and neighborhood site improvement – Participate and/or conduct walking/bicycling assessments to help identify and address safety features near schools for bicycle and pedestrian activity • Wellness Committees – Invite Active Routes to School Coordinators to attend your committees (e.g., health and wellness committees) • Policy Change – School Wellness Policy, Complete Streets, Shared-Use of Facilities, invite coordinator to be part of the development bike & pedestrian plans, comprehensive plans, transportation plans.
  16. 16. Region 1 • 15 months • 8 Counties • 30 New Schools • 100’s of Healthier kids • PRICELESS
  17. 17. Thank you! Jackie Moore Region 1 Coordinator Active Routes To School 828-587-8226