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Walking to School

Originally webcast September 18, 2008

Speakers:
Mark Fenton, MS
Host of America’s Walking

Diane Kenneally, BS Director, Local Programs Bureau
New York State Department of Transportation

Introductions by:
Ursula Bauer, PhD

Director, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health New York State Department of Health

What one activity can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases, decrease pollution, save fuel, and increase neighborhood safety? Active transportation to school -- walking and bicycling! This presentation will provide an overview of the national Safe Routes to School program, the health benefits of walking and cycling to school, public health’s role in promoting walking and cycling, and efforts underway in New York State to increase walking and cycling to school.

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Safe Routes to School Program.
  • Describe at least three health benefits of walking and cycling to school.
  • Describe public health practitioners’ roles in promoting walking and cycling to school.