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SC Walk to School Day

  • March 8, 2017

Please register today for SC Walk to School Day. While the official date for SC WTSD is March 8th, you can have your students walk any day in March. Join us in getting SC students walking!

Webinar: The Right to Walk

  • March 9, 2017

The Right to Walk

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Wed, Mar 8, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Every individual has the right to walk and be physically active. Access to safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to be active leads to healthy individuals, engaged communities, and stronger economies. Walking can be a form of exercise, a way to connect with friends and families, and a means to access transportation to school, work, and play. Learn how communities and organizations are addressing some of the challenges to walking and physical activity and be inspired with tips of how we can work to make sure walking, biking, and physical activity can be part of the daily lives of every community member.


Attendees of this webinar will:

Learn how communities are overcoming challenges to make sure members have the ability to physically active

Hear how organizations and advocates are working to address disparities in communities across the US

Expand what they consider walking as we look at the different ways people stay physically active in their daily lives

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Webinar: The Role of Public Health in Complete Streets

  • February 15, 2017

What’s the connection between public health and Complete Streets? And how can professionals in public health and transportation work together to create streets that are safe and convenient for a variety of active transportation choices?

Join the National Complete Streets Coalition and our guests Voices for Healthy Kids and the American Public Health Association to discuss these questions and more. The webinar will describe strategies public health advocates can utilize to engage in the transportation planning process. It will also explore several case studies of Complete Streets that were implemented successfully and equitably thanks to intersectoral collaboration.

This is the first webinar in Implementation & Equity 201: The Path Forward to Complete Streets, a new series of discussions designed to help professionals from a variety of disciplines put Complete Streets principles into action.

About the presenters

Emiko Atherton: Director, National Complete Streets Coalition

Kate Robb: Policy Analyst, American Public Health Association

Tim Vaske: Voices for Healthy Kids Regional Campaign Manager, American Heart Association

Webinar: Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking and Walkability

  • January 11, 2017

Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking and Walkability

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

About this Webinar

The benefits of walking are many and widespread. From personal phsyical and mental health, to strengthening relationships and engaging community members, walking is a powerful tool. Learn how individuals and organizations are harnessing the power of walking to create lasting positive change. This webinar is intended for our advocates just getting started on the walking path as well as anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

Attendees will:

  • Expand their knowledge on the benefits of walking
  • Learn how walking can be used to build healthy individuals, communities and organizations
  • Explore what all is included in walking and walkability
About the Presenters

laura_fenn-crop2Laura Fenn, M.S. Ed, is the co-founder and executive director of The Walking Classroom, a nonprofit program designed to combine exercise and instruction. Fenn developed The Walking Classroom for her own fifth grade classroom as a response to the lack of opportunities for student activity during the school day.  An educator for over 15 years, she noticed a direct correlation between her students’ academic performance and the amount of physical activity they regularly had, and she came up with a way to get students the exercise they desperately needed without sacrificing instructional time.  The Walk, Listen and Learn program was an instant success in her classroom. Her students’ attitudes about exercise improved, as did their end-of-grade achievement scores, with her struggling students making the most noticeable gains.  Soon Fenn dedicated herself to writing and producing age-appropriate, national standards-aligned podcasts specially written and recorded for students, and today national award-winning Walking Classroom program is used by tens of thousands of students nationwide.

0183Priya Madrecki is the Senior Manager of Strategic Communications at KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play. In this role, she helps to lead thought leadership and communications efforts around national initiatives, including the Play Everywhere Challenge. Her work has helped to deepen media and thought partner relationships and broaden the impact KaBOOM! has in cities across North America.

Prior to KaBOOM!, Priya worked to develop nutrition and health policies at a DC think tank, focusing on reducing the childhood obesity epidemic and ensuring kids have healthy futures. Most recently, she managed Vibrant Streets, an initiative focused on urban revitalization through redeveloping blighted retail corridors that was named Urban Land Institute’s “Transformative Project” of 2015. Her passion is working at the intersection of health and the built environment, and particularly in working with kids to achieve healthy outcomes.

She has presented at a variety of venues, including DesignDC and International Economic Development Council; for the City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and, has been featured as a guest lecturer with Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning, the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning; and many others.

A graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Politics and Urban Planning, Priya is an avid traveler and enjoys the outdoors, live music, cooking, and spending time with her family.

davidWalk With a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist who practices with Mount Carmel Clinical Cardiovascular Specialists at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville, OH, a suburb of Columbus.
Walk with a Doc is a free, unique, physician-led program that began in 2005 at a park in Westerville, OH, and has expanded to more than 270 sites around the US and in nine countries. Walk with a Doc is fortunate that the current US Surgeon General is using Walk with a Doc as the example for preventative health when he is addressing audiences. David is honored to have been named a CNN Hero for 2015.

David attended the University of Miami for undergrad; Medical College of Ohio for Medical School; and served his internship, residency, and fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center (O-H). He practices cardiology full-time for the Mount Carmel Health System. He absolutely loves Walk with a Doc and sees it as an important next step in care of our communities.
He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife Kirstin and two children, Ally and Charlie. 

- See more at: http://americawalks.org/new-webinar-beyond-the-first-step-the-many-benefits-of-walking-and-walkability-january-11th-2017/#sthash.0lcPQy3d.dpuf

Webinar: Step by Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus Program at Your School

  • January 11, 2017

Wed, Jan 11, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Join this webinar to learn about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s new toolkit, Step by Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School, an easy-to-follow guide to getting a walking school bus up and “walking” in your community!  

A walking school bus program can help reduce air pollution, increase the number of students walking and bicycling, give children and adults an opportunity to socialize, and manage student transportation costs, all while getting to school on time! During this webinar, we will introduce the concept of a walking school bus, review how to use the toolkit, and provide time for communities to ask questions about planning their program.   

SPEAKERS:

  • Victoria Custodio, MPH, Active Transportation Safety Program, Safe and Active Communities Branch, California Department of Public Health
  • Kate Moening, Field Service Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

The Step by Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School toolkit and this webinar were developed with support from the California Department of Public Health. 

Webinar: Moving Foward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration

  • January 5, 2017

Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on January 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a policy briefing, “Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration.” The briefing will explore what’s anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and Trump administration prepare to take office. Experts in transportation and public health policy and former Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) will share their intelligence and unique insights about what the new political climate will bring for active transportation. Participants will be invited to ask questions at the end of the briefing.

Participants will:

  • Share the latest intelligence from federal decision-makers regarding transportation and health policy
  • Provide insights regarding actions Congress and the Trump Administration may take relating to active transportation
  • Learn of the new policy agenda developed by the Partnership for Active Transportation
  • Discuss how supporters of the Partnership for Active Transportation and Every Body Walk! Collaborative can engage in federal advocacy

About the Presenters

kevin-mills-photoKevin Mills is the Senior Vice President of Policy at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Mills’ team works to make trail systems accessible to all Americans—and to make bicycling and walking a safe and convenient choice for routine travel—by advocating for public funding, building a broad-based movement for active transportation, and conducting cutting edge research. Kevin also serves as co-chair of the Everybody Walk Collaborative, is a board member of America Walks and founder of the Partnership for Active Transportation. Before joining RTC in spring 2006, Kevin spent over 15 years leading urban sustainability initiatives at Environmental Defense Fund.

tompetriphotoThomas Petri is a former Republican U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district. During his 36 years a congressman, Petri served as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure committee and chairman of the Highways and Transit subcommittee, where he was a champion for trails, walking and biking.

Most notably during his tenure, Congressman Petri repeatedly saved the Transportation Enhancements program from elimination, personally leading the charge to do so. Congressman Petri has received awards from the Coalition for Recreational Trails in recognition of his many years as a Congressional champion for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and in 2014, their annual awards were renamed the Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards in his honor.

Congressman Petri also served on education committees including: Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education; and Higher Education and workforce training. Combing his transportation and education work, he also supported the Safe Routes to School Program while serving in Congress.

jackrayburnphotoJack Rayburn is a Senior Government Relations Manager at Trust for America’s Health. He works on all TFAH government relations priorities related to obesity and chronic disease prevention and co-leads efforts on health reform.  He has a diverse legislative portfolio that includes health care financing, agriculture, education, transportation, and other areas that impact the availability and accessibility of healthy choices.  He previously served as Policy Aide for U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) for all health care issues.  Mr. Rayburn also worked at the Healthcare Leadership Council on health information technology and health care quality and for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA).  He has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University.

- See more at: http://americawalks.org/new-webinar-moving-forward-in-2017-active-transportation-in-the-new-congress-and-trump-administration-january-5-2017/#sthash.McuoBw2V.dpuf

Webinar: Connecting Health & Planning in South Carolina Communities

  • December 7, 2016

Wed, Dec 7, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Join Eat Smart Move More SC (ESMMSC) and the SC Health + Planning Advisory Committee for “Connecting Health & Planning in South Carolina Communities,” a webinar exploring the critical partnership between health advocates and local planners in building healthier, more active communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the role of local planners in SC communities and will share examples of how local healthy eating, active living advocates have partnered with planners to create healthier communities.

Speakers:

  • Lori Phillips, MPH, MCHES; Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; SC Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
  • Shawn Putnam, AICP, CFM; City Planner; City of Camden
  • Allison Couick Love, AICP; Transportation Planner II; York County Government
  • Trimease Carter, MSW; Youth Engagement Manager; ESMMSC (Moderator)

Can’t make it? Register today, and you’ll receive a recording of the webinar. If you have questions, contact Hannah Walters at hannah@eatsmartmovemoresc.org.

Webinar: Safe Routes to Healthy Food: Where Food Access and Active Travel Intersect

  • December 1, 2016

Safe Routes to Healthy Food: Where Food Access and Active Travel Intersect

Thu, Dec 1, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

This webinar introduces the concept of Safe Routes to Healthy Food, that is, the work of overcoming the transportation barriers to accessing nutritious foods. This webinar will make the case for why active transportation advocates and food access advocates can and should collaborate and provide examples of how communities across the country are working to make it easier, safer, and more convenient for people to walk, bike, or take transit to access healthy foods. Join Marisa Jones, Nutrition and Physical Activity Project Manager at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Caroline Harries, Associate Director at The Food Trust.

Webinar: Improving Multimodal Outcomes through Performance Measurement and Design Flexibility

  • November 14, 2016

Webinar: Mon, Nov 14, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Agencies across the country are increasingly focused on developing comprehensive transportation networks for bicycling and walking. Examples of these efforts are well-documented in recent publications like the Bike Network Mapping Idea Book and compilations of network-enhancing projects.

FHWA recently released two guides intended to support the development of safe, comfortable and connected networks for bicycling and walking. The Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures identifies opportunities to establish and track various metrics to inform pedestrian and bicycle planning activities. Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts demonstrates how agencies can tailor their design approaches to implement their plans and develop transportation networks that work for all road users. Together, these resources can serve as powerful tools for agencies who want to prioritize and deliver multimodal networks.

This webinar will provide attendees with a close look at each of these resources, focusing on linkages between them and discussing how agencies can build their recommendations into current planning and design activities. Panelists representing FHWA with project team members from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Toole Design Group, and Kittelson and Associates, Inc., will share recommendations and details from these guides. Panelists include:

Dan Goodman, Federal Highway Administration
Carl Sundstrom, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Conor Semler, Kittelson and Associates, Inc.
Michelle Danila, Toole Design Group

In addition to their presentations, the panel will participate in a facilitated discussion and respond to participant questions.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

  • November 14, 2016 to November 18, 2016

Webinar: An In-Depth Look at Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

  • November 7, 2016

This webinar, part of the CDC's Health Impact in 5 Years initiative, is an excellent opportunity for Safe Routes to School advocates to learn how to pitch Safe Routes to School to health partners.

Health Impact in 5 Years: An In-Depth Look at Safe Routes to School
Monday, November 7 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT

On November 7, join John Auerbach from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a webinar on Safe Routes to School as a community-wide intervention with a 5-year impact. This webinar is part of the CDC's new Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) initiative. This is an excellent opportunity for Safe Routes to School advocates to learn how to pitch Safe Routes to School to health partners.

The HI-5 (high-five) initiative highlights a list of non-clinical, community-wide approaches with a proven track record. Each intervention listed is associated with improved health within five years and is reported to be cost-effective or cost-saving over the lifetime of the population or even earlier. Public and private organizations can use this list to quickly assess the scientific evidence for short-term health outcomes and overall cost impacts of community-wide approaches.

This webinar will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to hear real-world examples of how local and state-level organizations have implemented Safe Routes to School (SRTS) to meet needs of their communities. In this Web Forum, John Auerbach, CDC Associate Director for Policy, and Elizabeth Skillen, CDC Senior Policy Advisor, will give an overview of the HI-5 initiative. Sara Zimmerman, Program and Policy Director at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and Melissa A. Kraemer Badtke, Principal Planner/Safe Routes to School Coordinator at the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, will describe their experiences with SRTS programs, including how SRTS impacted health and costs.

Webinar: Active Schools Fundraising and Stand2Learn

  • October 18, 2016

Tue, Oct 18, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Looking for a healthy way to fundraise? Want to help students improve health, engagement time, and standardized test scores? Interested in raising funds to purchase Stand2Learn desks? Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on October 18th to learn about Active Schools Fundraising, Stand2Learn, and the opportunity to win (1) Stand2Learn desk ($325-$425 value)!

Attendees will learn:
• How to create an Active Schools Fundraising team
• How to add online fundraising to your existing walk-a-thon or fun run or kick-start a new healthy fundraiser
• About Stand2Learn, the leader in research-based designs for student desks
• How to win (1) Stand2Learn desk + other prizes

Webinar: Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities

  • October 13, 2016

Date/Time: October 13th, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

About the Webinar

Humans are built to walk and the built environment needs to match this. How can individuals, organizations and governments work to make sure that every American has access to safe, accessible and convenient places to walk? Join America Walks as we explore some of the barriers to a walkable America and ways that we can begin to address these challenges.

Different environments or types of communities offer different opportunities and challenges for promoting walking and walkability. One of the most common questions we get at America Walks is about resources available for walking in rural communities. Learn about some of the challenges that come with working in rural environments and a selection of resources that provide unique opportunities to promote walking and walkability in rural communities with our October 13th webinar “Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities.” Hear from WalkBoston as they talk about their work in promoting walking and walkability across the state of Massachusetts followed by examining two resources available to help you do the same in your community! 

- See more at: http://americawalks.org/new-webinar-walking-and-walkability-in-rural-communities-october-13-2016/#sthash.WexTOCz2.dpuf

About the Presenters

beuttellAs the Program Director at WalkBoston, Stacey Beuttell manages the technical assistance programs at WalkBoston that provide support to municipalities across the state concerning the addition of walking to municipal planning efforts. She conducts assessments of existing walking conditions and makes recommendations for improving the safety and quality of the pedestrian environment. Stacey conducts training programs that describe the health, economic and community benefits of a good walking environment. Prior to joining WalkBoston, Ms. Beuttell was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates where she practiced as an urban planner and landscape architect for over thirteen years. Stacey holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts in American Studies/Environmental Studies from Dickinson College.

PROFILE PHOTOAnush Hansen MS, MA, is a Research Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and has been a member of the Maine Rural Health Research Center since 2005. She has contributed to a number of rural health research and evaluation projects focused on behavioral health, physical activity, food access and healthy eating, and childhood obesity prevention. Anush worked with colleagues on three Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research projects, investigating how policies, programs, and the built and natural environment can help increase access to physical activity opportunities for rural, low-income residents.

Wendy LandmanAs Executive Director of WalkBoston for the past 8 years, Wendy spends all of her professional time working on walking issues – thinking about policies, strategies and activities that will make Massachusetts more walkable and ways to re-introduce the public to the convenience, ease and joy of walking. Among WalkBoston’s ongoing initiatives are: Transportation for Massachusetts – a coalition working to create walkable, transit accessible and transit served communities; Safe Routes to School programs jointly funded by a health care, foundation and public sources; technical assistance programs for municipalities; and programs to train new populations to be walking advocates including public health outreach workers, teens in Boston neighborhoods, and senior volunteers and local public works staff in suburban communities.

WalkBoston also leads walks directed to specific areas of their advocacy, reviews private development projects and major transportation projects around the state, works to improve sidewalk snow and ice clearance, and creates wonderful walking maps to attract new walkers and encourage municipalities and large employers to get engaged in advocacy. Wendy came to WalkBoston with 25 years of experience in urban planning – spanning all modes of transportation, as well as master planning, smart growth and environmental review. She also serves on the Board of the National SRTS Partnership. She holds BS and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT, and a Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh.

IMG_3624Sara Zimmerman is the Program and Policy Director for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.  Sara oversees the work of the Program and Policy team in providing technical assistance and advocacy around transportation equity and increasing physical activity and safe walking and bicycling for children and adults.  Prior to joining the National Partnership in 2013, Sara worked for many years as a senior staff attorney and program director for ChangeLab Solutions, a national legal and policy nonprofit focused on healthy communities.  Sara clerked for Judge Richard Paez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and graduated from Swarthmore College (Phi Beta Kappa) and UC Berkeley School of Law (Order of the Coif).

- See more at: http://americawalks.org/new-webinar-walking-and-walkability-in-rural-communities-october-13-2016/#sthash.WexTOCz2.dpuf

International Walk to School Day 2016

  • October 5, 2016

Webinar: Slow Your Streets: A How-To Guide for Pop-Up Traffic Calming

  • September 28, 2016

Join the Plan4Health community and Grace Kyung, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner with Trailnet, for a discussion on pop-up traffic calming demonstrations. By encouraging community members to re-imagine their streets, Trailnet and local partners fostered new conversations about safety, design, and place. The project led to permanent infrastructure changes and further helped create a traffic calming policy for the City of St. Louis.
Grace will provide an overview of the Plan4Health project in St. Louis and an introduction to the traffic calming toolkit: Slow Your Street: A How-To Guide For Pop-Up Traffic Calming—as well as share lessons learned and recommendations for replication. This toolkit is an outcome from the first Plan4Health cohort, the Healthy Eating, Active Living Partnership in St. Louis, MO.
1.0 CM credit available.

Webinar: Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities: Challenges and Strategies to Accessing Funding

  • September 20, 2016
Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities: Challenges and Strategies to Accessing Funding


Many children grow up walking and bicycling to school in rural communities across the country and Safe Routes to School initiatives are making it safer and easier for them to do so. However, small rural communities often have particular considerations when it comes to accessing funding and implementing Safe Routes to School and active transportation projects.

This webinar provides an overview of the needs for and benefits of Safe Routes to School in rural areas, explores the challenges that may arise, and describes ways for State Departments of Transportation to support these communities in using key Federal funding for active transportation projects. Speakers will highlight small rural communities where Federal funding has been successfully used to improve safety and accessibility for walking and bicycling. 

Presenters:

  • Sara Zimmerman, Policy and Program Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

  • Taylor Lonsdale, Research Engineer, Small Urban and Rural Livability Center, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University

  • Dave Cowan, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation

  • Chris Berrens, TAP Coordinator/Principal Planner, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Date: Tuesday, September 20  

Time: 1 – 2 p.m. EST

Webinar: Thriving Cities: Building a Culture of Health Where We Live, Learn, Work and Play

  • September 9, 2016

New NLC Culture of Health Series – Web Forum Launch Event

Thriving Cities: Building a Culture of Health Where We Live, Learn, Work and Play 

Date: Friday, September 9th  Time: 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT

Thriving cities are cities where all residents have the opportunity to reach their full health potential. Thanks to the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (IYEF) at the National League of Cities (NLC) is preparing and leading a national effort to educate, train and build the capacity of city leaders to ensure a good quality of life for all city residents. Join us for an important discussion to learn more about the vision to create health, economic opportunity and well-being where we live, learn, work and play. 

On this webinar, you will hear from leaders from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) about the vision for the ‘Culture of Health’ and more details about tools and resources like County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to support this important work. You will also hear from city and public health leaders from Kansas City, Missouri who have worked to achieve RWJF’s Culture of Health prize. Finally, NLC staff will share more details specific to plans to support this work through a future Mayor’s Institute series, web forums, blogs, stakeholder engagement and other technical efforts. 

Prior to the web forum, we ask you to watch this Culture of Health Prize Video to learn more about this program: http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/collections/coh-prize-winners.html 

Speakers: 
Jamie Bussel, MPH, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 
Julie Willems Van Dijk, RN, PhD, Co-Director, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 
Rex Archer, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Kansas City, MO
Seft Hunter, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO)
Sue Pechilio Polis, Director, Health & Wellness, National League of Cities

For more information on NLC’s Culture of Health Grant, click here.

Webinar: Walk to School Day and Vision Zero: How Cities Are Growing Safe Walking and Biking Options

  • August 30, 2016

On October 5, communities across the country will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Walk to School Day and use the day to advance safe walking and biking to school and destinations throughout communities.  

Walk to School Day began in 1997 with mayors in Chicago and Los Angeles taking the lead. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school, leading to policy and engineering changes that help make it safer to walk and bike to school. This fall, mayors are encouraged to join Walk to School Day events and talk about their commitment to child and youth pedestrian safety.

This webinar, co-presented by the US Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary and the National Center for Safe Routes to School, will explain how the 20th celebration of Walk to School Day and the principles used in safe routes to school programs can help to advance safe walking and bicycling for youth and everyone in cities across the USA.

Hear how the City of Seattle has used proven Safe Routes to School infrastructure strategies throughout Seattle and how New York City has used a focus on youth as an anchor for Vision Zero campaigns to reduce speeds and curb dangerous driving behaviors throughout the city.

Presenters:

Anthony Burton, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Transportation
Scott Kubly, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation
Kim Wiley-Schwartz, Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation
Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School

Date: Tuesday, August 30  
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. EST

Webinar: Youth Engagement: How Kids Can Impact Community Policy, Programs and Planning

  • August 24, 2016

Wed, Aug 24, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Youth support for policy change, program development and community planning can be the catalyst to success: When kids speak up, adults listen. 

Learn about youth engagement at the local, regional and state level, how kids of all ages are influencing their community in positive ways, and how your community can engage youth, participate in meaningful dialog, and share ideas with decision makers and community members to make a difference for safety in their community

Speakers:

  • Kate Moening, Field Services Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

  • Emma Pachuta, Program Director – Smart Trips Neighborhoods, St. Paul Smart Trips

  • Kristin Haukom, SRTS Regional Coordinator, California Department of Public Health

  • Tristan Hall, Director of Youth-Led Programs & Problem Gambling Program Manager, Drug Free Action Alliance

Webinar: Play for Health: The Role of City Leaders in Improving Health through Physical Activity

  • August 10, 2016

Play for Health: The Role of City Leaders in Improving Health through Physical Activity

spinner.gifWed, Aug 10, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Across the country, many local elected officials are taking action to promote physical activity to ensure the health of their residents and spur active communities through the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) sub-initiative. Regular physical activity during childhood and adolescence is important for ensuring that children grow up healthy and thrive. Also, as evidence suggests, active communities provide opportunities that can benefit the local economy, deter crime and support the local environment.

Join the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on August 10, 2016 for a webinar highlighting examples of how city leaders are creating opportunities for physical activity to improve health and well-being. Presenters will talk about the progress they have made as a result of their LMCTC participation and partners will share innovative tools and resources for sustaining efforts to build healthy, active communities.

*This webinar is the first in the new LMCTC Sustainability Series, a series of five webinars aimed at helping local elected officials, their staff and community partners build upon the success they have achieved in each of the five LMCTC goal areas. 

Webinar: Transportation and Health Tool Training

  • July 26, 2016

Join America Walks and the American Public Health Association (APHA) on July 26th at 2pm for a look at the Transportation and Health Tool and how it can be used to promote walkable communities within the Southeast Region of the US. This webinar will be a hands-on training to take advantage of the momentum we are seeing in the Southeast Region as a result of the Surgeon General's call to Step It Up! 

The tool shows how a specific geographic area is performing in terms of health and transportation as well as gives recommendations on how to use the proposed strategies, interventions and policies to improve health outcomes in their own community.  APHA and America Walks staff will walk participants through the basics of the Transportation and Health Tool and then guide them through simulations on how the tool can be used in the work being done within the Southeast US to promote walking and walkable communities. 

Register here today!

Webinar: Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement

  • July 14, 2016

Date and Time: July 14, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

At the 2015 National Walking Summit, keynote speaker Ron Sims reminded us that though we may work as individuals, we are part of a larger walking movement and stronger than we realize. What can we do to expand this movement? Join America Walks as we explore possible new partners in the work towards making America a great place to walk, learning and growing with organizations, industries and communities that are already in step with the walking movement. This webinar will hear from three organizations that are friends and allies of the walking movement. Participants will learn about the work of these organizations and how walking plays a role.

About the Presenters

Eliana Profile PicEliana Meirowitz Nelson’s daily work for women’s heart health is just one battle in a lifelong fight for gender equality. She’s Manager of Health & Wellness at Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, one of the largest women’s organizations in the country. With a Masters of Public Health from Boston University and a BA from Columbia College in New York, she loves both the Red Sox and Art Deco skyscrapers. She gets 12,000 steps/day by walking around Brooklyn with her husband and son while vowing never to own a car.

IMG_0081-1[2][2]Simran Noor, Vice President of Policy & Programs(VPPP) at Center for Social Inclusion, is a key senior level manager who works directly with the President and Senior Vice President, providing programmatic leadership through the management and coordination of all program staff, strategy development, program management, organizational networking, alliance building and relationship management. In this role, Simran’s primary responsibilities include  programmatic strategy, planning, implementation, staffing and evaluation. Simran has written and commented on a variety of media including the Detroit Free Press, The Times-Picayune, and City Limits Magazine.  She also has been a featured panelist on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.

HeadshotAllison Hoit Tubbs, MS, ACSM EP-C, is a certified exercise physiologist and Project Coordinator of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD).  Her work is focused on building healthy, inclusive communities where all people have equal access and opportunities for healthy living.  She holds a BS in Exercise Science from Auburn University as well as MS in Community Health Education with emphasis in Worksite Wellness from the University of West Florida.  Ms. Tubbs has applied exercise science and community health education experience in the areas of industrial rehabilitation, health promotion, wellness coaching, health communication, and physical activity programming for people with disability across the lifespan.  Ms. Tubbs has developed and implemented public health advocacy campaigns including, Commit to Inclusion, in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition and How I Walk, in support of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.  Additionally, she coordinates the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC), a formal partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine, which consists of over 220 organizations and 900 individuals.  Ms. Tubbs has been published in MediaplanetUSA distributed throughUSA Today, the ACSM’s  Fit Society® Page, and Sports ‘N Spokes magazine.  She is also a regular contributor to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service’s Be Active Your Way Blog.

Webinar: Grading the Walking Movement: The 2016 State Report Cards

  • July 12, 2016

Title: Grading the Walking Movement: The 2016 State Report Cards

When: July 12th, 2016 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific

About the Webinar

America Walks, in partnership with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and YMCA of the USA, is excited to offer a chance to go back to school and measure the efforts of the walking movement through the recently released 2016 State Report Cards.

The 2016 State Report Cards provide a snapshot of how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling, and physical activity for children and adults as of 2016. Attendees of the webinar will learn about the development of the State Report Cards and hear from two YMCA’s on how they plan to use the information to increase support for physical activity. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion on how they can use the State Report Cards in their own communities.

About the Presenters

Brianna Barber head shotBrianna Barber started her YMCA journey as a young adult working at the YMCA of the Treasure Coast in South Florida in 1999. Since that time a variety of roles have shaped her path to YMCA leadership.  Her positions have covered the spectrum of Y employment from swim instructor and coach, to group fitness leader, to day camp director, to front desk supervisor,  and everything in-between.  This level of operational experience has led her to be in a senior level leadership position at each of the four Y’s in Southern Nevada.  Currently, she serves as the Executive Director at the Durango Hills YMCA of Southern Nevada with an association emphasis on Health and Wellness as the cabinet chair for the association.  Her background in kinesiology has played an integral role in making sure that this Y’s strategic plan has streamlined policies for healthy living thus creating a clear direction for the association.  Currently, she is working on creating outside partnerships for successful  implementation of evidence-based chronic disease prevention programming.


michelleliebermanMichelle Lieberman serves as the Technical Assistance Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In this role, she provides technical assistance through the National Partnership’s emerging consulting program to local communities around the country that are seeking to improve their built environment and Safe Routes to School initiatives. In addition, Michelle develops publications and other resources, assists with local and state campaigns, and runs webinars and trainings.

Prior to joining the National Partnership, Michelle was a community planner with a national planning and engineering consulting firm. There, she provided consulting services on a variety of planning projects for local and regional governments. Her core service areas included public engagement, active transportation, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, and community visioning. Michelle began her career as a project manager and residential designer for a large architecture firm.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida. She is a registered architect in California and Nevada, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Jim McGowanA tireless advocate on behalf of people at-risk of, or living with diabetes and other chronic diseases, Jim has played a leadership role in many public policy and legislative successes in his home state of Minnesota and at the Federal level. Prior to joining Government Affairs and Policy of the YMCA of the USA, Jim served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Alliance of YMCAs. Before that, he was the Midwest State Advocacy Director at the American Diabetes Association. Over the years, Jim also served in several roles as a volunteer with the ADA. As Chair of Government Relations for the Minnesota Area American Diabetes Association, Jim led a state initiative that required insurance coverage to match the American Diabetes Association’s Standard of Care. He served a 3-year term as Chair of the Minnesota Diabetes Steering Committee, which advises the Minnesota State Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP). During that time, the DPCP began several new initiatives aimed at diabetes prevention and treating pre-diabetes, including the creation of pre-diabetes algorithms for both adults and youth, and the development of community-based prevention programs. Jim has been recognized with several state and national awards for his advocacy.

Webinar: Making Strides: A Look at Our 2016 State Report Cards

  • June 15, 2016

Wed, Jun 15, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Join this webinar to learn about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s new report Making Strides: 2016 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities. On this webinar you will learn more about the report cards and how you can use them to inspire action that creates places supportive of healthy, active children and communities. Staff from the National Partnership will walk through the report cards and delve into the core topic areas and indicators. You will also hear how state and local Y’s have been using the report cards in their work to promote healthier communities.

Webinar: Design Considerations for Separated Bike Lanes (Part II)

  • June 14, 2016

Separated bike lanes are gaining popularity in communities across the country. Also known as “cycle tracks” or “protected bike lanes,” a separated bike lane is an exclusive facility for bicyclists that is located within or directly adjacent to the roadway and that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic with a vertical element. Last year, FHWA released the Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/) to provide detailed information and recommendations about when, where, and how to incorporate these facilities in bicycle networks.

This two-part webinar series will take attendees through the process of selecting appropriate locations for separated bike lanes, preparing the most appropriate designs and configurations from the available options, and monitoring the system’s performance following implementation.

Presentations will be delivered by Carl Sundstrom, of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and Ben Rosenblatt, of Sam Schwartz Engineering.

Part II of the webinar series will cover a range of design criteria and recommendations. The presentation will emphasize the importance of flexibility in considering all possible design solutions, and will point attendees toward a menu of design options. The presentation will also address specific design considerations for midblock locations and intersections. This session will feature a case study presentation from Mike Amsden, who will share experiences from the City of Chicago.

Statewide SRTS Forum 2016

  • June 9, 2016

Webinar: Planning for Separated Bike Lanes (Part I)

  • June 7, 2016

Separated bike lanes are gaining popularity in communities across the country. Also known as “cycle tracks” or “protected bike lanes,” a separated bike lane is an exclusive facility for bicyclists that is located within or directly adjacent to the roadway and that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic with a vertical element. Last year, FHWA released the Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/) to provide detailed information and recommendations about when, where, and how to incorporate these facilities in bicycle networks.

This two-part webinar series will take attendees through the process of selecting appropriate locations for separated bike lanes, preparing the most appropriate designs and configurations from the available options, and monitoring the system’s performance following implementation.

Presentations will be delivered by Carl Sundstrom, of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and Ben Rosenblatt, of Sam Schwartz Engineering.

Part I will focus on planning separated bike lanes. Panelists will emphasize the importance of considering separated bike lanes not as standalone projects, but as components of the larger bicycle network. It is important to consider a variety of factors when selecting the most appropriate location and configuration of a proposed separate bike lane. To provide real-world context to this discussion, Part I will also feature a presentation from Jack Nata of the City of Newark, New Jersey, to discuss their projects.

Webinar: Let's All Ride Together - Strategies to Get More Families Bicycling

  • May 25, 2016

On Wednesday, May 25th, from 1-2 p.m. Eastern, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar:

Let's All Ride Together - Strategies to Get More Families Bicycling
May 25th  1-2 p.m. Eastern

In honor of Bike Month, this webinar brings three perspectives on how to help families bicycle together. We'll discuss Family Biking Workshops and classes for all stages of family biking, parent/youth summer programming with bike share, and Open Streets events. 

SPEAKERS:

  • Kari Schlosshauer, Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Nancy Buffum, Family and Schools Program Manager, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
  • Waffiyyah Murray, Safe Routes Philly Coordinator, Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition
  • Linda Ginenthal, Programs Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Webinar: Walk Friendly Communities: Inspiring and Celebrating your City's Vision for Walkable Streets

  • May 18, 2016

Walk Friendly Communities: Inspiring and Celebrating your City's Vision for Walkable Streets
Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The Walk Friendly Communities program was developed to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. Sponsored by FedEx and the US Department of Transportation, the program recognizes communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. As participants in the USDOT Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, many cities and towns are working toward many of the same principles included in the WFC program.

This webinar will feature an in-depth look at the Walk Friendly Communities assessment tool and offer ideas and inspiration to cities and towns that want to take the next step in building safe, comfortable and connected walking environments. Panelists will draw parallels to the Mayor's Challenge program and highlight areas where activities overlap.

Panelists from current Walk Friendly Communities and Mayor's Challenge participant cities will talk about their experience with both programs and offer inspiration to cities looking to enhance their own walkability and pedestrian safety.

Webinar: Call to Action: Paths to Walkable Communities

  • May 12, 2016

Date and Time: May 12, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

About the Webinar

The release of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking & Walkable Communities in September 2015 was a watershed moment for the walking movement. Its release provided leadership and motivation for governments, businesses and organizations to address the numerous barriers to safe, active mobility and promoted the multiple health benefits of walking. Join America Walks for a webinar on May 12 that will look at local organizations and governments who are taking action to Step It Up! in creating walkable communities.

We will hear from two recipients of the Every Body Walk! Micro Grantsfollowed by a city with one of the top Complete Streets policies in the US. Participants will have a chance to ask questions of the panel to learn how they might make their own communities great places to walk.

About the Presenters

  • Judy Crabtree PhotoJudy Crabtree is a seasoned non-profit manager with over 28 years of experience. Judy has served as the Executive Director of the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement since 2002. The Coalition’s mission is to identify and evaluate health risks and to coordinate resources to measurably improve the health of the people of Kanawha County. As Executive Director, Judy works to enhance the Coalition’s relationship with community members and organizations and to increase the visibility of the Coalition’s efforts in the community. She also coordinates and implements the Coalition’s triennial countywide health needs assessment, maintains ongoing member support, and coordinates and provides administrative support for the Coalition’s community health initiatives.  Currently, the Kanawha Coalition is working to address three priority health issues identified through its 2014 Community Health Assessment: 1) Obesity/poor nutrition, 2) Drug abuse, and 3) lack of physical activity.

  • Photo2Joanna Saul is a proud alum of THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and Georgetown University Law Center.  Professionally, she is the director of a legislative committee with oversight of adult and juvenile state prisons in Ohio.  Personally interested in public health and the community, she started Walk Worthington officially in 2015, which is a joint community initiative of the local food pantry, the library, and the parks and recreation department, in addition to interested citizens.  Walk Worthington has been recognized by the Worthington City Council both years and we are extremely proud to be the recipient of the 2016 America Walks and Every Body Walk! Micro Grant.

  • Smith_colorAndrea Smith is the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Ogdensburg, NY. She received a dual Master’s in Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2008 where she previously earned her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture in 2006. After completing her course work, Ms. Smith worked as a design consultant and later as a therapeutic garden designer for patients suffering with dementia, and advanced Alzheimer’s disease in Atlanta, GA. In 2011, Ms. Smith relocated to her native home in Ogdensburg working for the City’s planning office on their Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program. In January 2013, Ms. Smith was appointed to her current position as Director. Presently, the department administers over $2 million in EPA brownfields grant funds, and nearly $500,000 in NYS DOS grants. Andrea also serves as the Administrative Director of the Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corporation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life within the greater Ogdensburg area through maximizing employment opportunities, job training, business assistance, and economic revitalization efforts.

Webinar: Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities

  • May 5, 2016

Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities

Date and Time: May 5, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

About the Webinar

Join America Walks and the National Association of Regional Councils for a webinar on May 5th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific. The webinar will examine how federal transportation funding is allocated through Regional Councils and how to access it for projects that promote walkable communities including complete streets, safety efforts and place-making. Attendees will explore two unique perspectives as we hear from both a planner from a Regional Council and an advocate who has worked to use the resources available from their Regional Council.

About the Presenters
  • AndyHamiltonPhoto.HeadshotAndy Hamilton has worked on transportation, land use, and air quality issues at the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD) since 1994. In 1998, he co-founded both WalkSanDiego and Move San Diego, two non-profits advocating for smart growth and alternatives to driving. In 2014, he engineered a merger of the two organizations to form Circulate San Diego. Andy did similar work with the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston from 1987 to 1993. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas, a masters degree in Ecology from UC Davis and a masters degree in Urban & Environmental Policy from Tufts University. He is the author of three publications: Tools for Reducing Vehicle Trips Through Land Use Design; Slow Down! Taming Neighborhood Traffic; From Policy to Pavement: Implementing Complete Streets in the San Diego Region
  • Hess Head ShotScott Hess is the Active Transportation Planner for Wasatch Front Regional Council. His role is to provide a focus to Active Transportation within the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Vision. He brings nearly ten years of experience in various Planning roles. Most recently he worked as the Planning Department Manager for Clearfield City with prior work as Davis County Planner focused on regional trail and bicycle infrastructure implementation. He holds a B.S. in Urban Planning and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah.
  • Ian ThomasIan Thomas is a veteran of the walkable communities movement. He served on the America Walks Board of Directors for seven years, until his appointment as our State and Local Program Director in September, 2014.In 2000, he co-founded the PedNet Coalition of Columbia MO, and led the organization as its Executive Director for 13 years. Among several accomplishments, he coordinated the campaign to pass Columbia’s Complete Streets policy in 2004 – one of the earliest such policies in the U.S. In 2013, Ian was elected to the Columbia City Council, where he launched several new initiatives to expand healthy community policies, including an effort to expand the city’s bus system. He is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council.

Ian will bring his combined experience as an advocate and as an elected policymaker to his new role. When appointed to this new position, he commented, “I am looking forward to working with public health and transportation officials to find the common ground and develop policies that will ensure all citizens can travel through their communities safely and affordably.” A former school teacher and educational media producer, Ian will also lead the expansion of America Walks’ online learning series that will support the work of walkability advocates across the county.

Ian and his wife, Ellen, a pediatrician, live in Columbia with their son, Jack, recently graduated from high school. Their daughter, Emily, is a college sophomore.

  • Leslie Wollack, Executive Director, National Association of Regional Councils

National Bike to School Day 2016

  • May 4, 2016

Webinar: Bicycle Friendly Communities: Connections to the Mayors’ Challenge and Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

  • May 3, 2016

The National League of Cities, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the League for American Bicyclists are teaming up to host a webinar on Tuesday, May 3 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT for jurisdictions participating in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets initiatives.

First Lady Michelle Obama has called on local elected officials to take action to improve children’s health as part of the larger Let’s Move! initiative, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has called on them to improve the safety of our roads for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly Community program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make a community’s vision to be more bikeable a reality.

On this webinar, you will learn from Columbia, SC Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine and her key staff about what action they are taking to integrate efforts to achieve goals under all three initiatives: Mayors’ Challenge, Let’s Move!, and Bicycle Friendly Communities.

Webinar: Walking As Practice

  • April 14, 2016

Thursday, April 14th at 2:00pm Eastern

America Walks is excited to announce the next webinar of their free 2016 webinar series. America Walks will take a take a closer look at the “Walking as a Practice” report that was released in January and can be downloaded here.

This report outlines four categories that identify how individuals and organizations are engaging in the practice of walking. Participants will hear from the author of the report, Jonathon Stalls of Walk2Connect, as well as representatives from several of the case studies. Learn how when we individually or collectively choose to walk, we do more for ourselves, for each other, and for our communities than we could ever imagine.

About the Presenters

553523_10151576467357234_1452274028_nJonathon Stalls is a passionate social entrepreneur and devoted long-distance walker based in Denver, CO. He is the founder of Walk2Connect, a walking cooperative focused on connection-based walking programs with whole health outcomes. He completed a 3,030 mile 8.5 month walk across the USA (Kivawalk.com) in 2010 and the Camino de Santiago with his father in 2012. He is also a student at the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation.

 

unnamedSaoirse Charis-Graves loves to be outdoors walking and to share that love with others in the small town she serves as a City Councilmember. With support from Walk2Connect and the City of Golden, she founded Golden Walks, offering community walks for all ages and abilities. Currently, her team of Walking Movement Leaders (trained by Walk2Connect) hosts 3-4 weekly walks in a landscape with “killer views” alongside a mountain creek at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

serdpicDennis Michele, AVA President is a retired naval officer. Diagnosed as a Type II diabetic in 1992. In order to help control this, took up walking as preferred method of exercise. In 1996, discovered Volkssporting and found it to be a fascinating and exciting to see and experience new vistas while still getting the needed exercise and has been involved ever since. Served as a club president, state association president and vice president, SE Region director for 8 years and AVA President for 5 years. Has accumulated over 23000 kilometers and over 2200 events in the US, Canada, England, Austria and Germany. Is a certified Trail Master.

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unnamed-5Faye Paige Edwards has more than 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing and training. This includes 10 years as an entrepreneur in the heating and cooling industry. Four years ago her retirement was interrupted when a friend asked her to be on a “virtual” GirlTrek team. It was the beginning of her new career as a walking activist.

She has served as GirlTrek’s National Field Director. Now as the volunteer St Louis GirlTrek City Captain she inspires African-American women to maintain the keystone habit of walking and has earned the GirlTrek Harriet Tubman Award for inspiring the most women to join GirlTrek nationwide. Also she was also awarded Trailnet’s 2015 Tom Yarborough Active Living Award.

Getting African-American women on bikes and hikes is also part of her advocacy. This year #GirlTrekBikingBuddies – which she started – will partner with the Ferguson Bike Shop for a monthly bike ride and Faye will be the lunch speaker at the first St Louis Women’s Bike Summit. She will also lead GirlTrekkers on hikes this summer.

Her walking activist credentials include being selected as a Walking Fellow for the first class of Fellows by the Walking College (America Walks). She will be advocating for traffic calming measures in St Louis as part of her fellowship year. At the Walking Summit she was inspired to build a coalition to launch a new project to encourage cross-generational family and neighborhood recess – a daily dose of play for families. When the project launches, it will leverage the power of cross-generational play to improve health, strengthen families and increase social-emotional skill development.

As part of Trailnet’s Share the Street Party she developed the idea for the City’s first Dance Walk and STL’s largest line dance. Faye serves on the City of St Louis Health Department’s Jump N2 Shape Program Design Committee, which is part of the City’s Anti-Obesity Plan. She is also a walking team facilitator for the HEAL Partnership and is a new board member on the St Louis Parks Foundation. Additionally she and her husband support the children of the St Louis Public schools as volunteers for the Little Bit Foundation.

Faye holds an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business, an M.A. from Occidental College earned as part of the National Urban Fellows Program and a B.A. from Lincoln University (PA). Follow her on Twitter @fayetreks and on Instagram @fayetrekstheword.

Action Plan Applications Due

  • April 11, 2016

Schools interested in receiving a Safe Routes to School Action Plan need to fill out the application below in order to be considered for planning assistance this year. The application is due TODAY! Schools will be notified in April if they are chosen to receive this plan. 

National Walking Day

  • April 6, 2016

Get Up and Move!

These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We're becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day. On the first Wednesday in April, we kick off a month-long celebration designed to help us all become more active. On the day of the event, participants are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.

We provide a complete toolkit of educational and promotional materials for workplaces, schools, individuals and communities

National Public Health Week: Build a Nation of Safe, Healthy Communities

  • April 4, 2016 to April 10, 2016

BUILD A NATION OF SAFE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Why should I care?

The home and neighborhood you live in can impact your health and your opportunity to engage in healthy behaviors. We want people across the U.S. to live in communities where they can be safe and active throughout the day. 

There are many barriers to health in our homes and neighborhoods that we need to overcome:

In Our Homes

  • Thirty-five million homes in America have at least one health or safety hazard.

  • Over 24 million homes have lead-based paint hazards, which put children at risk of lead poisoning.

  • The presence of radon in homes causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually.

  • Between 20-30 percent of asthma cases are linked to modifiable conditions in people’s houses. Populations that suffer from disproportionate rates of asthma, such as children, women, low-income residents, blacks and Puerto Ricans, also face a higher chance of living in hazardous homes.

    In Our Neighborhoods

  • In 2013, nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions.3 The majority of these deaths are in low-income communities and communities of color, where sidewalks and streets are more likely to be poorly maintained.

  • Nearly 50 percent of Americans live in communities with unhealthy levels of air pollution associated with car exhaust and industrial pollution.

  • More than 23 million people in the U.S. live in a “food desert” where they don’t have access to healthy and affordable food.

  • In 2015, there were more than 50,000 incidents of gun violence in America that resulted in injuries and deaths.

    Yes, these statistics can feel grim. But remember: There are evidence-based ways to design new neighborhoods and improve existing ones to help keep us safer and healthier. You can influence those designs and improvements and shape up your community!

    What can I do?

    Reducing exposure to radon can impact the risk of lung cancer. Contact a certified inspector to have your home tested for radon. 

    Gun violence takes about as many lives each year as automobile crashes in the U.S.8 Demand that your members of Congress vote for common-sense safety measures to prevent gun violence.

    Similarly, designing roads that are friendly to cyclists and pedestrians will make our communities both safer and healthier. Ask your local officials to build streets that are safe for all modes of transportation. 

    You can also use the power of the purse to make a difference in your community. Support farmers markets and local businesses that value health, such as   retailers that sell affordable healthy food and do not sell or market tobacco products.

     

Webinar: What the U.S. can learn from international efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety

  • March 24, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is pleased to announce a new webinar on what we can learn from other countries to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

What the U.S. can learn from international efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety
Thursday, March 24, 2016
2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time



Countries around the globe are employing new and innovative techniques to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and access. This webinar will review designs and operational measures, and performance and prioritization practices that are helping countries in Europe and elsewhere provide safer and better-connected bicycle and pedestrian networks. 

Presenters Hana Maier, Federal Highway Administration; Libby Thomas, with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and Conor Semler, with Kittelson and Assoc., Inc., will focus on noteworthy practices that could be employed or tried in the U.S. to improve bicycle and pedestrian network safety, comfort, and connectivity. 

This webinar is based on the recently released FHWA report "Delivering Safe, Comfortable, and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks: A Review of International Practices." To access that report, go to:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/global_benchmarking/index.cfm

Presenters include:

  • Hana Maier, Federal Highway Administration

  • Libby Thomas, UNC Highway Safety Research Center

  • Conor Semler, Kittelson and Associates


    Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the panelists.

South Carolina Walk to School Day 2016

  • March 9, 2016

Webinar: The New Federal Transportation Bill: What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?

  • February 15, 2016

America Walks, Rails to Trails Conservancy and LOCUS are excited to announce a free joint webinar "The New Federal Transportation Bill: What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?" on February 24 at 2pm Eastern. The webinar will examine the FAST Act legislation passed in December 2015 and discuss ways that traditional and new programs in the legislation can be used by advocates and organizations as they work on active transportation projects at the local, state and regional level. This webinar will allow participants to hear from experts on what the legislations says and how it can be leveraged for current and future work followed by a question and answer session.

Contest Proposal Deadline: Designing High Density Urban Bike Parking

  • January 29, 2016

Overview

Question: Is there a design solution that provides high-density, accessible, cost-effective bicycle parking in the urban context? 
Submit proposals: http://climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1302902 
Rules: All entrants must agree to the 2015 Contest Rules. and Terms of Use. 
Deadline: Friday, Jan 29, 2016 at 17:59:00 PM Eastern Standard Time 
Judging Criteria & Prizes: See below. 

Background

What is the Kendall Square EcoDistrict?

The Kendall Square EcoDistrict is a vision of environmental stewardship that is shared by Kendall Square property owners, major tenants, businesses, the Kendall Square Association, the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, and the City of Cambridge. The EcoDistrict acts in a collaborative way to bring greater sustainability to Kendall Square. The creation of an EcoDistrict supports the continued growth of Kendall Square by developing strategies for sustainable growth that consider environmental impacts, quality of life, and economic vitality. Supporting and growing sustainable transportation options is a key part of reducing the EcoDistrict's carbon footprint. In order to support and grow non-car transportation in and around Kendall Square, better pedestrian, bike and transit infrastructure is needed - including access to more and better bike parking.

What do we mean by "bicycle parking" for this competition?

The EcoDistrict will consider a range of bike parking designs in this competition. Kendall Square, like many urban areas with a mix of businesses, residents, and institutions, has a range of locations in need of more and better bike parking. The EcoDistrict seeks design that are flexible in terms of where they can be located and how they can be used. Design submissions are encouraged to be flexible enough to meet both short and long-term bike parking needs in both indoor and outdoor locations, although designs can be presented as separate options or submissions. Designs could be for one rack that could be replicated in large quantities, or a fully integrated parking system that could handle large quantities of bicycles, or any combination of both.

Judging Criteria

The Kendall Square EcoDistrict seeks design submissions that meet the following criteria:

  1. Submissions should meet the City of Cambridge Technical Criteria for Bike Parking Design and/or meet the goals of the requirements (see below).
  2. Submissions should provide both technical designs and renderings of how designs would be implemented in a streetscape or other location. Submissions are most likely to be successful if they include a multidisciplinary team that looks at bike parking design from the technical, aesthetic, and user perspectives.
  3. Submissions should detail benefits and costs, including a conceptual budget estimate and ideas on a prototype construction schedule.
  4. Submissions should be creative, innovative, and flexible enough to be used in a range of locations.

Prizes

We envision the winners of this design competition proposing designs that the EcoDistrict Steering Committee can review and potentially prototype in Kendall Square...and then bring to the world. The prizes for the Kendall Square EcoDistrict bike parking competition include:

  1. Winners present their design submission to the full Kendall Square EcoDistrict Steering Committee for evaluation and discussion.
  2. Winning designs may be selected to receive a contribution towards the prototyping and piloting of the design in select locations within the Kendall Square EcoDistrict.

City of Cambridge Technical Criteria for Bike Parking Design

The proposed bicycle parking designs should meet performance criteria defined by the City of Cambridge; additional criteria will be used to differentiate amongst proposals once the required criteria are met.

Below are performance standards based on Cambridge's current requirements for bicycle parking.  The full on-line guide can be accessedhere. Proposed designs should directly address how the new parking system either meets those requirements or achieves the goals of the requirements in different ways.


USEABILITY

A submitted bicycle parking system should:

  • Have the ability to support the wide variety of bicycle sizes, frame shapes, handlebars, tires, and fenders; assume bikes may have baskets, child seats, panniers, etc. Assume bikes may be heavy.
  • Make accommodations for bikes that have a longer profile, such as "extra cycles," "cargo bikes," bikes with trailers/attached bikes, and tandem bikes. Designs may propose that a portion of the spaces be sized for these longer bikes, and should describe how the system would work.
  • Allow for unencumbered access to enable people to get bikes in and out of spaces, and lock the bikes, without interfering with, or experiencing interference from, other bikes.
  • Prevent the bicycle from tipping over. Previous experience shows that support for an upright bicycle by its frame horizontally in two or more places at least 6" apart is effective.
  • Create the ability to secure frame and one or both wheels to the rack with standard cables, chains, or U-locks.
  • Allow locking of frame and at least one wheel with a U-lock. Specifically, a closed loop should allow a single U-lock to capture one wheel and a closed section of the bike frame. Previous experience shows that the rack's highest point should be at least 32" to support this way of locking.
  • Have locking tubes that do not complicate the use of smaller U-locks (it is suggested that tube cross section not be larger than 2").
  • Make sure that the mechanism to which or by which a bicycle is secured is itself stable.
  • Be intuitive and easy to use for people of all ages and abilities. First-time users should recognize the system in context as bicycle parking and should be able to use it as intended without the need for written instructions.


BICYCLE PARKING SHOULD NOT:

  • Support the bicycle at only one point.
  • Support the bicycle by one wheel.
  • Require that the bicycle be lifted by a person to get it into position.
     

FLEXIBILITY

The bicycle parking system should be useable in a variety of situations, inside and/or outside. Ideally, it is a system that can be weather protected and secure (long-term parking) or useable in outdoor locations, although designs can be presented as separate options or submissions.

Convenience is important for bicycle transportation; it is the number one reason people give for why they choose to get around by bicycle. In order to meet our fundamental goal to support and promote bicycling, the placement of bicycle parking should allow as much convenience as possible for the users.

Designs for this competition can single out specific types of parking needs or can be more comprehensive. Some aspects of bicycle parking will lead to different design solutions. Aspects such as parking for different types of bicycles or serving people who are storing bicycles all day long versus people who are making short trips to and from Kendall Square can be singled out or included into one design solution.

LONG-TERM BICYCLE PARKING

Long-term bike parking is best located in an enclosed, limited-access area, near main building entrances, and designed to protect bicycles from precipitation and from theft. It may be provided in:

  • Enclosed rooms in buildings
  • Outdoor covered sheds or covered bike cages
  • Bicycle lockers or other fixed-in-place and secure containers
  • Weather protected spaces that are monitored at all times by an attendant or other security system


SHORT-TERM BICYCLE PARKING

Short-term bike parking does not need to be covered or weather protected, but it might be nice. Short-term parking should be able to be located in public spaces near pedestrian activity. Short-term bicycle parking is intended to primarily serve visitors, such as retail patrons making trips of up to a few hours; however, it may serve other bicycle users as well.

DURABILITY/RELIABILITY

The bicycle parking system must be constructed of sturdy, durable materials that will last and will not require extensive maintenance. Moving parts, in particular, should be designed to avoid mechanical failure. Steel and stainless steel are common and appropriate materials.

 

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Pedestrian Safety at Transit Locations

  • January 20, 2016

This installment of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provide detailed information safety considerations for pedestrians at transit stops. 

Connections to transit stops are important for the usefulness of a transit network, so users must be able to access transit stops on foot. Transit stops and stations are key destinations for pedestrians, and can pose unique safety problems. 

This presentation, led by Dan Nabors (VHB) will examine some of the pedestrian safety issues that may exist at transit stop locations. He will identify potential solutions for these problems and discuss how improving safety can benefit the transit system. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Roundabouts

  • January 6, 2016

This installment of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provide detailed information about using roundabouts to improve safety for pedestrians. 

Roundabouts provide an alternative design to traditional intersections that in some cases can improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. By using a modern roundabout design to lower vehicle speeds through an intersection, safety and efficiency can be improved. FHWA has identified roundabouts as one of its Proven Safety Countermeasures. 

This presentation, led by Hillary Isebrands (FHWA Resource Center) will provide an in-depth look at roundabout design and discuss ways that roundabouts can be used to improve safety for pedestrians. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Traffic Calming

  • December 17, 2015

This installment of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provide detailed information how to use traffic calming to improve pedestrian safety. 

Traffic calming is a way to design streets that uses physical and visual cues to encourage motorists to drive more slowly. If done well, traffic calming reduces traffic speeds, the number and severity of crashes, and noise levels. Traffic calming is self-enforcing; the design of the roadway results in the desired effect, without relying on compliance with traffic control devices such as signals and signs, and without relying on enforcement. 

This presentation, led by Peter Lagerwey (Toole Design Group) will provide an in-depth look at the different types of traffic calming techniques, as well as considerations for traffic calming improvements and case study examples. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Pedestrian Lighting

  • December 15, 2015

The ninth installment of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provide detailed information about using lighting to enhance pedestrian safety. 

Appropriate quality and placement of lighting can enhance an environment as well as increase comfort and safety. Pedestrians often assume that motorists can see them at night, but without sufficient overhead lighting, motorists may not be able to see pedestrians in time to stop. 

This presentation, led by Michael Cynecki (Lee Engineering) will provide an in-depth look at options for pedestrian lighting, including types of lighting and appropriate placement. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: Launch of "(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization"

  • December 14, 2015

You’ve read the research about downtown development. More and more Americans want to live in walkable, downtown neighborhoods, and companies want to locate in these places too. These neighborhoods generate strong tax revenues and have lower municipal costs per capita. And they are the often the heart of a town or region’s economic activity.

But one big question remains in your mind. How could my town do it?

(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization is a new guide coming out from Smart Growth America on December 14, 2015, and it’s a resource designed to be used by any community, no matter their size, to bring people and businesses back to downtown.

As part of the release, we’ll be holding a kickoff webinar all about the new guide. Join us on December 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST to discuss the strategies outlined in this new guide, hear about cities that are in the midst of revitalization, and to ask questions about your own revitalization work:

Reinvesting in downtown can expand economic opportunity within your community, create a culture of engagement, and make your city stand out within your larger region. It is also an opportunity to help make your community more equitable, stronger economically, and more sustainable environmentally.

Our forthcoming guide is designed to be used by any community, no matter where you are in the revitalization process, to create a vibrant, walkable downtown neighborhood. The guide will lay out in straightforward language seven main steps to take, with specific tasks and ideas to consider along the way.

If you’re already on our mailing list, you’ll get a copy of the new report delivered straight to your inbox when it comes out. Want to be the first to see it? Webinar registrants will get an early copy. Register to join us for launch on December 14.

 

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Pedestrian Safety at Interchanges

  • December 10, 2015

Part eight of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will address pedestrian safety issues at interchanges. 

There are a variety of pedestrian facilities that can allow pedestrians to walk along streets or cross streets at interchanges. Providing sidewalks or walkways is needed to provide a space for pedestrians to walk parallel with motor-vehicle traffic without having to walk in the travel lane. Where pedestrians cross interchange ramps, it is important to apply the same design strategies that are used at other intersections where pedestrians need to cross. 

This presentation, led by Meghan Mitman (Fehr and Peers) will provide an in-depth look at safety issues associated with interchanges and some of the design solutions that can be used to address these problems. Her presentation will also include several case study examples. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: Design and Methods of Natural Experiments in Transit and Physical Activity

  • December 10, 2015

Imminent changes in policies or environments (i.e., “natural experiments”) can provide researchers with a unique opportunity to evaluate the before and after impacts of the change on a variety of health outcomes, including physical activity even if the policy or environmental changes were not primarily geared toward health behavior change. These pre-post test evaluations can offer valuable information that typical cross sectional studies cannot. This webinar, designed primarily for researchers, will feature two leading researchers who will discuss the design and methods of conducting pre-post studies around changes in public transportation infrastructure, the challenges that can arise when conducting these studies, lessons learned, and recommendations for other researchers who are looking carry out their own pre-post study. The speakers will draw from their own experiences conducting pre-post studies in transit projects. Dr. Brian Saelens will focus on integrating measurements to obtain assessments of transit-specific physical activity, cross-sectional versus longitudinal findings differences, and case/control selection. Dr. Barbara Brown will discuss the importance of using objective measures of activity, such as GPS and accelerometer measures, in these studies.

Webinar: The Role of MPOs in Funding SRTS

  • December 8, 2015

In the last transportation bill, Congress combined the Safe Routes to School program with other bicycling and walking funding streams to create the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Congress also gave large metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) decision-making authority over which projects to fund in their regions. 

Hear from three MPO representatives about how they’ve used TAP funds to support a range of Safe Routes to School projects in their communities. MPO staff and advocates alike can learn how scoring criteria, carefully crafted applications and funding set asides can help ensure that Safe Routes to School remains strong under TAP.  The webinar builds on the recent publication, The Role of MPOs in Advancing Safe Routes to School through the Transportation Alternatives Program, and the SRTS National Partnership will discuss how Congress could expand the role of MPOs in TAP in the next transportation bill.

 
Speakers:

  • Margaret Boone, Safety Engineer, Maricopa Association of Governments, Phoenix, AZ
  • Raymond Hess, Director of Planning, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • Karla Weaver, Program Manager, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
  • Margo Pedroso, Deputy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership 

 

Date: Tuesday, December 8


Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

 

Register Now!

 

Webinar: Getting Started on School Wellness - What Parents Need to Know

  • December 3, 2015

What's the best approach for accomplishing your school wellness goals? Who's who at your school, and how can teamwork help you? How do school wellness policies work, and how can they help you achieve your goals? To become a successful advocate for healthy schools, parents need to know how school systems work, and how to build awareness, support and momentum to make wellness a priority at their school. Learn how to make the case for a healthier school and engage your school community to support your efforts. For parents and school community members.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 1:00-2:00 ET, 12:00-1:00 CT, 11:00-Noon MT, 10:00-11:00 PT

 This webinar will be archived for those unable to attend the live session. You will receive information about future sessions from Action for Healthy Kids.

 

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Leading Pedestrian Interval

  • December 2, 2015

Part seven of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provide an in-depth look at leading pedestrian intervals. 

Leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs) provide pedestrians with additional time to establish their presence in the crosswalk before motorists can begin turning at signalized intersections. The LPI enhances pedestrian visibility and can reduce the risk of conflicts with turning vehicles. 

This presentation, led by Margaret Kubilins (VHB, Inc.) will provide an in-depth look at this countermeasure, including considerations for site selection and implementation. Her presentation will include several case study examples. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Application Deadline: 2015’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

  • November 24, 2015

Cities are undoubtedly complex, but one thing is clear – with the triple threats of urbanization, globalization and climate change, there has never been a more important time to build urban resilience. Fortunately, help is here: the third and final round of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge is now open.

People are moving to cities at a rate never seen before, and a full 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. At the same time, cities are also more closely connected than ever before, ensuring the problem of one city can spread and become the problem of others in the blink of an eye. And of course, climate change serves as an accelerator, creating fluctuations in rainfall, sea-level rise, longer periods of more intense heat, and disturbances of natural ecosystems and disease patterns.

To help respond to these threats, over the past two years 100 Resilient Cities has built a network of 67 cities, and is providing them with support to adapt to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. The cities were selected through two "Challenges" – a comprehsensive applicaiton and evaluation process. The results of those two challenges were announced in December 2013 and December 2014. 

On Tuesday July 21st, at the New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference, Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin announced the opening of 2015’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. This year, the Challenge will uncover the final group of cities ready to lead the urban resilience movement.

Selecting this last cohort of about 33 cities will bring us to 100 member cities. With 100 Chief Resilience Officers (CROs) and 100 resilience strategies we will truly have the world’s most powerful body of urban resilience knowledge, forming the foundation of a new global practice. 100 cities with a diverse array of challenges will call upon each other to share knowledge and promote resilience thinking far beyond their cities' borders. As these cities develop and complete their resilience strategies, they will have access to an unparalleled suite of resilience building tools via the 100RC Platform of Partners.

Participating in the Challenge not only offers cities a chance to secure powerful tools to improve themselves in both good times and bad, but also provides them the opportunity to be part of this emerging practice. In other words, member cities are empowered to help not only their own citizens, but ultimately every urban citizen in the world.  

The 2015 Challenge is the final opportunity for cities to take part in pioneering the urban resilience movement. We invite municipal government leaders, or local institutions that can demonstrate a strong and collaborative partnership with their municipal government, to apply on behalf of their city by November 24, 2015. The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge application is available in seven languages — Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Learn more about the Challenge here, and urge your city leaders to apply.

 

Webinar: Crossing Guards in SC

  • November 17, 2015

Join us Tuesday, November 17th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a webinar on crossing guards in South Carolina. We’ll share findings from our recent survey on how crossing guards are hired and trained. We’ll also profile some of South Carolina’s Outstanding Crossing Guards and interview a crossing guard supervisor. This webinar is one of the things the Resource Center is doing to celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Week in South Carolina. Click here to register to register for the webinar, and contact your School Outreach Coordinator to let us know what you’re planning for SC Crossing Guard Appreciation Week!

Webinar: Bring the Call to Action to Your Community

  • November 16, 2015

America Walks and the National League of Cities is excited to be able to offer this webinar on how local elected officials can take advantage of the recently released Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities. This webinar will feature the work of local elected officials currently working to make America a great place to walk and leave you with resources to do the same!

Webinar: Walking the Walk: Getting Kids Walking and Bicyling with Safe Routes to School

  • November 16, 2015

Safe Routes to School aims to make bicycling and walking part of kids’ daily routines. Schools concerned about liability for injuries might be hesitant to encourage bicycling and walking. However, fears of liability need not derail Safe Routes to School or other innovative programs and policies. The webinar will discuss how policy can assist in institutionalizing Safe Routes to School programs and overcoming barriers, and will introduce a free online make-your-own-policy workbook.  The session will close with a question and answer session.  

 

Presenter Information: Sara Zimmerman is the Director of Programs and Policies for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, supporting communities in their work to increase physical activity, equity, and safe walking and bicycling for children and adults. Sara oversees the work of the Technical Assistance team in developing reports and other resources as well as in providing high quality assistance and advice to low income communities and others across the country.  Before joining the National Partnership, Sara worked as a senior staff attorney and program director for ChangeLab Solutions, a national nonprofit that helps communities overcome legal and policy barriers to healthy communities. Sara has worked at Disability Rights Advocates and the Community Benefits Law Center at Partnership for Working Families. She also clerked for Judge Richard Paez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sara graduated from Swarthmore College (Phi Beta Kappa) and UC Berkeley School of Law (Order of the Coif).

SC Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

  • November 16, 2015 to November 20, 2015

The South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center is proud to sponsor South Carolina Crossing Guard Appreciation Week November 16th through November 20th, 2015.

Schools and communities are encouraged to use this week-long celebration to recognize the role that crossing guards play in helping keep our students safe as they walk and bicycle to school!

See below for a list of event ideas and resources to help with your Crossing Guard Appreciation Week efforts!

  • Have your students sign Thank You cards for your crossing guards. Click here to download a thank you card template for female crossing guards and a thank you card template for male crossing guards.
  • Feature your crossing guard(s) in your school’s newsletter or on the website.
  • Organize a “Meet and Greet” event for your families to get to know your crossing guard(s).
  • Invite your crossing guard to speak with classes about pedestrian safety. Print out the Crossing Guard Pocket Guide for your crossing guards.
  • Work with your school’s PTO or PTA to provide breakfast for the crossing guard.
  • Create a banner and hang it up at the crossing guard’s post before they arrive for work as a surprise!

Please contact your School Outreach Coordinator for assistance with planning a South Carolina Crossing Guard Appreciation Week event!

 

Southern Obesity Summit

  • November 15, 2015 to November 17, 2015

The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states join forces to fight obesity.

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

  • November 11, 2015

The sixth installment of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provide detailed information about the pedestrian hybrid beacon. 

The pedestrian hybrid beacon (PHB)—also known as a HAWK signal—is a pedestrian-activated warning device located on the roadside or on mast arms over midblock pedestrian crossings. Once activated by a pedestrian, the PHB provides an interval of flashing yellow and then red indication to drivers, allowing pedestrians to cross. These treatments can improve safety of pedestrian crossings along higher volume, multilane roads, and have been identified by FHWA as a proven safety countermeasure. 

This presentation, led by Richard Nassi (Pima Association of Governments) will provide an in-depth look at these treatments, including considerations for implementation and evaluation, as well as case study examples. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: Transportation and Health Tool - A New Tool for Integrating Health Into Transportation Planning

  • November 9, 2015

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015, 2:00-3:30 pm (EST)

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are offering a webinar to provide an overview of the new Transportation and Health Tool and demonstrate how to use it.

 

This online tool provides a single site for transportation decision-makers and public health officials to understand how their transportation assets and performance affect health outcomes. For the first time, this site will have data on how all states and communities are performing on a range of health-related transportation indicators.

 

Introductory Remarks

 

Rebecca Higgins, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

 

Dr. Tegan Boehmer, Acting Lead, Healthy Community Design Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Demonstration of the Tool

 

Q & A

 

Webinar: Accessible Trails

  • November 5, 2015

Its been almost 2 years since accessibility standards became effective for trails on Federal land covered by the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Following the effective date, the Board published a guidebook to assist trail designers and operators when applying the provisions. This session will provide an overview of the federal trail provisions, highlighting some of the material in the new guidebook. A trail expert with the National Park Service, Flagstaff Area National Monuments will also offer some “on the ground experiences” of applying the standards to newly constructed trails and the alteration of existing trails. Session participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance.

Presenters:

Accessibility Specialist

Office of Technical and Information Services

US Access Board

National Park Service, Flagstaff Area National Monuments

Continuing Education Recognition Available:

  • Certificate of Attendance (Free)
  • AIA CES (free) : 1.5 Learning Units/HSW
  • LA CES (free) : 1.5 Credits
  • AICP CES (free) : 1.5 Credits

 

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons

  • November 5, 2015

Part five of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provide an in-depth look at the rectangular rapid flashing beacon. 

The rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) is a pedestrian activated system of flashing LEDs that supplement existing pedestrian signage at unsignalized crossings. The stutter flash associated with the RRFB provides an enhanced level of visibility to motorists and has been shown to improve motorist yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks. 

This presentation, led by Michael Cynecki (Lee Engineering) will provide an in-depth look at the RRFB, including research findings and considerations for installation. The presentation will also include several examples of successful use of the RRFB. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: FHWA efforts to make safer, more livable streets easier to build - Myths and proposed changes

  • November 2, 2015

Since launching the Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative in 2014, USDOT has engaged safety experts, existing and new stakeholders, local officials, and the public on a range of targeted strategies to encourage safety for bicyclists and pedestrians on and around our streets, including bus stops, transit stations, and other multimodal connections. Through these discussions, a number of common misconceptions have been raised about the use of Federal funding, street design, and the Environmental Review process that can cause confusion and result in project delay. 

While efforts to build more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly streets have increased, advocates and local officials are sometimes told that federal rules and funding guidelines won't allow innovative designs and facilities. FHWA wants to clear up this up and help states and cities build better streets and in August released a document outlining these common misconceptions. 

In addition to the August document, FHWA followed up October 7 with a proposal to reduce the number of controlling design criteria for highways designed for speeds of less than 50 miles per hour from 13 required elements to two required elements. This proposed change is currently open for comment. 

Join representatives from FHWA’s Offices of Planning, Environment, and Realty; Infrastructure; Safety; and Operations to hear about new initiatives and proposed rule changes to help communities create safer, better-connected transportation networks.

Webinar: The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Walkable and Bike-able City and Town Centers

  • October 30, 2015

The webinar will feature the experiences of 8 U.S. cities in creating or increasing the walkability and bicycle-friendliness of their downtown areas. The cities profiled include small towns (Grandview, MO and West Jefferson, NC); medium-sized cities (Orlando, FL, Redmond, WA and Lancaster, CA) and large cities (the Bronx in NYC, Cleveland, OH, and Charlotte, NC). The webinar will focus on the implemented strategies, the resulting increases in walkability and bike-friendliness, and the economic and fiscal benefits of each project.

Panelists: 
– Jim Cohen, Senior Lecturer and Director, Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of Maryland College Park (Moderator)
– Dennis Randolph, Director of Public Works, Grandview, MO
– Carolyn Hope, Park Planning, Arts and Culture Manager, Department of Parks and Recreation, Redmond, WA
– Brian Ludicke, Planning Director, Lancaster, CA
– Gustavo Castro, Project Manager, Transportation Planning Division, Orlando, FL
– Dean Ledbetter, Senior Planning Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Rock Hill Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

  • October 29, 2015

FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE

Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

The City’s draft Comprehensive Plan is almost complete! Come tell us if we got the Core Values, Core Challenges, and Plan Recommendations right.

-          Grow Inside First

-          Provide Better Connections

-          Reinforce Strong Neighborhoods

-          Ensure Functionality with Inspiring Design

October 29, 2015 Drop in anytime between 4 pm —7 pm

City Council Chambers, City Hall, 155 Johnston Street

More information: Contact Erin Musiol at erin.musiol@cityofrockhill.com

Webinar: How to Develop a SRTS Travel Plan

  • October 29, 2015

How to Develop a SRTS Travel Plan--Webinar

October 29th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Ready to take your SRTS program to the next level? Looking for that extra edge when applying for funding? Join us Wednesday, October 29th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. as we discuss comprehensive SRTS travel plans. We’ll cover their benefits, the process for developing them, and Resource Center support, including our new Travel Plan Toolbox. Click here to register.

Webinar: Sustainability in the City of Portland

  • October 29, 2015

Learn how the City of Portland, Ore., pioneered many of the sustainability programs that are commonplace today, and find out what they're up to now. 

In this free, one-hour webinar, Susan Anderson, director of Portland's Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and Michael Armstrong, sustainability manager, will explain how the city’s emphasis on land-use planning, transit oriented development and walkability has helped it become one of the most sustainable cities in the world. 

Register now to attend this live webinar on Thursday, Oct. 29, beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time (noon Mountain, 1 p.m. Central and 2 p.m. Eastern). 

Sponsored by Crescent Electric Supply Co.

National Walking Summit

  • October 28, 2015 to October 30, 2015

Walking can improve our health, reduce our healthcare costs, provide equal transportation access for everyone, clean our environment, improve the economic viability of our downtowns, and more. However, safe, walkable environments do not just happen they are made by hard work and coordinated commitment. The National Walking Summit is the premier opportunity for national organizations, companies, agencies, and local partners to convene to share best practices and stories, increase the visibility of these key issues, build support among federal agencies, and create momentum for the work ahead.

Webinar: Best Practices for Online Public Engagement for Transportation Agencies

  • October 27, 2015

This highly visual webinar will present a series of case studies, best practices and tips to guide MPO’s and DOT’s towards the successful application of online public engagement for a variety of projects. You’ll learn about award-winning LRTP, STIP, TIP, NEPA, EIS, corridor, highway, transit, TOD and participatory budgeting projects that successfully leveraged innovative digital engagement.

Details

From crowdsourcing platforms to interactive surveys to social media, the latest fleet of online engagement tools are making it so easy and fun to participate that they are drawing in thousands of participants and collecting constructive public input to inform and support MPO and DOT projectsacross the country. This session will outline best practices gathered based on hundreds of project case studies.

Lessons from case studies including:

  • DDOT (Washington, DC)
  • Georgia DOT
  • Pennsylvania DOT
  • CalTrans
  • Minnesota DOT
  • Illinois DOT
  • Idaho DOT
  • HEPMPO
  • Broward MPO
  • Lee MPO
  • AMBAG
  • Hillsborough MPO
  • Atlanta Regional Commission
  • JUMPO
  • North Florida MPO
  • and more…

Date: October 27, 2015 (1:00 – 1:45 pm ET, 10:00 – 10:45 am PT)
Spots remaining: 106

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Learning Outcomes

The webinar will train participants on the following topics:

  • what to look for when selecting online engagement tools for transportation planning projects,
  • how to promote online participation,
  • how to leverage social networking tools most strategically,
  • how to design a fast and effective online experience,
  • how to collect meaningful public feedback that is directly usable in planning documents, and
  • how to leverage mobile, touchscreen kiosks and other technologies effectively.

Who Should Attend

This session will interest:

  • DOT and MPO project leaders,
  • Transportation and urban planners,
  • Public Information Officers, and
  • Outreach and communications personnel

 

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Curb Extensions

  • October 27, 2015

The fourth episode of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provided detailed information about curb extensions. 

Curb extensions—also known as bulb-outs or neckdowns—extend the sidewalk or curb line out into the parking lane, which reduces the effective street width. Curb extensions significantly improve pedestrian crossings by reducing the pedestrian crossing distance, visually and physically narrowing the roadway, improving the ability of pedestrians and motorists to see each other, reducing the time that pedestrians are in the street, and allowing space for the installation of a curb ramp. 

This presentation, led by Peter Rusch (formerly of Wisconsin DOT and FHWA), will provide detailed information about curb extensions and where they should be used. He will highlight research findings and identify case study examples of successful projects. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Rock Hill City Manager’s Walk

  • October 24, 2015

Cherry Park – City Manager’s Walk
1466 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC
www.cityofrockhill.com

Get up, out and active! Join our City Manager, David Vehaun, for a morning walk at Cherry Park. Invite your co-workers, friends, family and neighbors for this wellness event. You may contact Human Resources at 329-5570 to pre-register.

Saturday, October 24 – Registration 9:00 AM; Walk begins at 10:00 AM

 

Application Deadline: Free Smart Growth America Workshops

  • October 21, 2015

Each year, Smart Growth America makes a limited number of technical assistance workshops available to interested communities for zero cost. This competitive award gives communities a chance to understand the technical aspects of smart growth development through a one- or two-day workshop.

Applications are now being accepted for our 2016 workshop series. Communities can apply for one of 12 workshop types, including:

Any unit or subdivision of local government, Indian tribe, or regional government is eligible to apply for these free workshops.

Applicants will be scored based on interest, need, leadership commitment, readiness to implement, and community involvement. Geographic diversity, equity, and past receipt of assistance will also be considered. See full guidelines and scoring information.

Communities may apply for more than one workshop, but must submit separate applications for each. Applications are due by Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

 

Webinar: Using the Game On Program to Enhance Your School Wellness Initiatives

  • October 21, 2015

Action for Healthy Kids' Game On program is a no-cost online step-by-step guide that provides all the information and resources you need to host a successful school wellness program in your school with the ultimate goal of getting your school nationally recognized as a health-promoting school. Join this webinar to learn about the resources that Game On offers and how to start using the program in your school today!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 3:00-4:00PM ET, 2:00-3:00PM CT, 1:0-2:00PM MT, Noon-1:00PM PT


This webinar will be archived for those unable to attend the live session. You will receive information about future sessions from Action for Healthy Kids.

 

National School Bus Safety Week

  • October 19, 2015 to October 23, 2015

Almost every student will ride in a school bus at least once this school year! Whether it’s to school, on a field trip, or to an after school care program, it’s important to go over school bus safety!

National School Bus Safety Week is October 19-23. Here are some ideas to help celebrate:

  • Host a Poster Contest or Speech Contest. The 2015 national poster contest theme is “Bully Free Zone”, and the 2016 theme is "#StopOnRed". Contest Rules for both contests are attached. 2015 poster contest entries are due October 1st, and posters submitted after October 1st must follow the 2016 rules.
  • Watch school bus safety videos in class or play them on your morning announcements.

National School Bus Safety Week provides an opportunity to discuss getting to school safely with your students who ride the bus!

 

Application Deadline: 2016 Heart of the Community Projects

  • October 16, 2015

It’s an exciting week here at Project for Public Spaces! After another successful year of reimagining public spaces in communities around the country, we are ready to begin accepting applications for the 2016 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant program.

Southwest Airlines connects people to the places that mean the most to them. In 2014, Southwest launched Heart of the Community to encourage more connections on the ground and to help residents feel a sense of ownership in the places they share. This community-driven program has supported the activation of public spaces in cities across the country, from Portland, Maine, to San Antonio, Texas. These projects have brought new life to vacant or underutilized areas and they have shown Placemaking to be a powerful tool for transforming their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.

2016 will be a pivotal year for this program. As the Placemaking movement continues to grow, these projects are becoming part of much larger discussions about people’s connection to place and to each other. We are currently accepting applications for 2016 projects through October 16, 2015If you are passionate about Placemaking and have a project that meets our criteriaplease fill out the form on our FAQ page to request your application materials.

To learn more about the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program and our 12 innovative and transformative projects, visit our program page and Frequently Asked Questions.

Request 2016 Heart of the Community Application Materials!

 

Webinar: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety on University Campuses

  • October 16, 2015

College campuses are unique physical and social environments with dense concentrations of activity — in classrooms, offices, research labs, dormitories, performance spaces, recreational facilities, and other locations — making walking and bicycling convenient means of travel. Still, many campuses attract students, faculty, and staff who commute by automobile, and most university campuses are surrounded and/or dissected by roadways that serve private automobiles, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians. This dynamic transportation environment poses safety risks to all roadway users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. 

This webinar will discuss some of the ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in and around college campuses. Bob Schneider, with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will discuss the PBIC’s new resource on improving ped/bike safety on campuses, while Todd Henry, a transportation planner with the University of California, Berkeley, and Kathryn Zeringue, the transportation demand management coordinator with North Carolina State University, will discuss the many ways they have worked to manage and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety on their campuses. 

Application Deadline: Every Body Walk! Collaborative Micro Grants

  • October 15, 2015

A Call to Action: Every Body Walk! Collaborative Micro Grants

to accelerate implementation of effective strategies to promote walking and create safe, walkable places.

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are pleased to announce a new micro grant program designed to assist local walking advocates build on the momentum of the newly released Surgeon General’s Call to Action.   This one time award will fund 10-15 community groups up to $2500.00 for activities designed to increase local walking programming and stimulate community demand for infrastructure improvements that provide accessible, safe walkable places for the entire community. Grant applications (link below) are due by 5:00pm EDT on October 15, 2015.

A growing literature continues to document the multiple benefits of walking for individuals and the advantages of developing walkable places for communities. The strength of this evidence and the promise of these benefits have propelled walking to the top of the list of public health strategies that can prevent disease and improve population health, as indicated in the recent Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkability. Likewise, the conditions that support safe, routine walking also reduce injuries and deaths from avoidable automobile crashes while helping to create vibrant downtowns.

After decades of engineering dominated by the needs of the automobile, most communities do not lend themselves to safe, convenient, accessible and routine walking. Reversing past designs and creating the conditions for safe, inclusive and routine walking is complex, requires collaboration across a variety of sectors, organizations, governmental departments and takes time.   However, numerous communities and thousands of individuals are raising the publics awareness about the benefits of walking and pushing targeted strategies to create more safe walkable places.

To make and keep walking and walkability a priority in neighborhoods and communities, a strong, connected group of local activist and dedicated organizations is needed. This micro grant program is designed to assist those groups and organizations in setting priorities and implementing targeted projects to get them started.

Please Click Here to View the Application 

Please Click Here for FAQs

Micro Grant Details

Micro Grant Applicants

Successful micro grant applicants will have an existing focus on walking and walkability.   Applicants may be part of a host organization or a stand–alone non-profit. They must have a formalized structure, organized plan of priorities and accountable leadership.

Micro Grant Projects

The goals of these grants are:

  • to increase the number and diversity of community members focusing on walking,
  • to strengthen local walking advocacy organizations,
  • to increase the number and types of model practices being implemented in local communities, and
  • to build on the momentum of the Surgeon General’s Call To Action on Walking and Walkability by providing local communities resources and support for implementing the recommendations.

The grant activities will achieve these goals by falling into two broad categories:

  1. focus on strengthening or elevating community-walking programs, and
  2. fortifying the policies, systems and environments that create walkable places.

Eligible activities designed to strengthening or elevate walking programs include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Conduct a local social marketing campaign that engages people in ongoing walking events, activities or groups.
  • Provide people with point of decision prompts, such as take the stairs campaigns, to encourage walking/rolling rather than riding.
  • Establish incentives and rewards, such as walker discounts at local stores, for those that use active transportation
  • Create and mark walking paths, trails and routes, (i.e. use paint to mark a path on downtown sidewalks and put up distance signs)

Eligible activities to fortify the policies, systems and environments that create walkable places include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Establish regularly scheduled play streets and other pedestrian oriented activities for streets, i.e. car free days, create a parklet
  • Expand and engage community members in pushing for more walkable places by conducting community education and organizing event(s)
  • Work to prioritize streetscale improvements (i.e. crosswalks and connected sidewalk system, benches and beautification)
  • Conduct Walk Audits
  • Create a better block

Other eligible activities can be found in the EBWC Getting Started Practice Guide, the CTAWW and CDC The Community Guide.

Please Click Here to View the Application

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of organizations can apply?

The Micro Grants are not limited to nonprofits with 501(c)3 status. Government agencies and other types of organizations are encouraged to apply.

  • Can organizations outside of the US apply?

Organizations and individuals must be within one of the US Regional Health Administrators. To find out more about the US Regional Health Administrators, please visit here. 

  • When can we expect to receive the funds?

We anticipate the checks to be released mid-November. Projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving funds.

  • Where is the money being donated from?

The Every Body Walk! Micro Grants are made possible by a generous donation from Kaiser Permanente.

  • Can I email my application?

Yes. Please download the list of questions here and email to Heidi Simon at hsimon@americawalks.org.

- See more at: http://americawalks.org/call-to-action-every-body-walk-collaborative-micro-grants/#sthash.QtTTLVj5.dpuf

Webinar: Connecting the Dots- First Steps in Working with Regional Offices

  • October 15, 2015

Regional offices of federal agencies can offer critical help and have often untapped resources. Learn about the structure and system of regional offices, how they have worked with local advocates and organizations in the past and how they plan to engage with you to work on the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Marked Crosswalks

  • October 15, 2015

The third episode of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provided detailed information about marked crosswalks. 

Marked crosswalks indicate optimal or preferred locations for pedestrians to cross and help designate right-of-way for motorists to yield to pedestrians. Crosswalks are often installed at signalized intersections and other selected locations, but with a range of options for placement and marking style, there is sometimes confusion about where and how to correctly apply this treatment. 

This presentation, led by Peter Eun (Federal Highway Administration) and Pete Lagerwey (Toole Design Group) will provide an comprehensive look at the range of marked crosswalks and how locations for crosswalks should be selected. They will highlight research findings and identify case study examples of successful projects. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: Having Fun with Healthy Classroom Parties

  • October 14, 2015

Join Action for Healthy Kids for our October Monthly AFHK Wellness Wednesday Webinar to learn more about having fun with healthy classroom parties. We will share various ideas and resources for parents, teachers, and students to incorporate as part of any classroom celebration.  Join us as we talk about examples of successful classroom parties for holidays, birthdays, or for any school celebration. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 4:00-4:30 ET, 3:00-3:30 CT, 2:00-2:30 MT, 1:00-1:30 PT (30 minutes)

Webinar will be recorded and sent to all registrants following the webinar.

This webinar is one of the AFHK Wellness Wednesday webinar series hosted on the 2nd Wednesday of every month for a Wellness Tip to help your school wellness environment and to ensure every kid in your school is healthy and ready to learn. 
Topics include:

  • September: Classroom Energizers/Brain Breaks
  • October: Healthy Classroom Parties
  • November: Taste Testing
  • December: Yoga in the Classroom
  • January: Indoor Recess
  • February: Host a Health Fair
  • March: School Gardens
  • April: Volunteer for Healthy Schools
  • May: Walk/Bike to School Initiatives

By registering today, you're registered for the whole series. Listen to your favorite topics or all 9 sessions!

 

Webinar: Making Physical Activity a Vital Sign

  • October 13, 2015

Conversations between health care providers and patients about physical activity and more active lifestyles can improve health.

  Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of physical activity conversations between patients and health care providers.
  • Learn about the tools and resources available to help providers screen patients for adequate physical activity levels and make meaningful referrals to community-based programs and safe places to be active.

Moderator:

  • Elizabeth Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, Medical Director, Clinical Outcomes Research, Intermountain Healthcare; Adjunct Professor, Family & Preventive
    Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine; American College of Sports Medicine President-elect.

Panelist:          

  • Rosemary Agostini, M.D., Chief of Activity, Sports & Exercise Medicine,
    Group Health Cooperative
  • Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM, Co-Director; Sports Medicine Fellowship
    Kaiser Permanente Medical Center; Fontana, CA  
    Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
    UC Riverside School of Medicine
  • Richard Troiano, Ph.D., Program Director, Risk Factor Assessment Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, US National Cancer Institute; currently serving a detail to the Office of the Surgeon General

 

Webinar: Discover a New Way to Better Planning

  • October 8, 2015

Community Heart & Soul™ had its genesis in one planning commissioner’s frustration with business-as-usual planning. Orton Family Foundation founder Lyman Orton saw flaws in a development review system that left decisions that affected the entire community in the hands of a few. Community Heart & Soul shifts the paradigm by starting with deep community engagement that results in clear priorities based on what matters most to all residents.

Learn more about how this barn-raising approach to community development can benefit your town. Alece Montez Greigo, Orton director of programs, is joined by Rick Muriby, planning manager, Golden, Colorado, and Jane Lafleur, executive director, Friends of Midcoast Maine.

Heart and Soul has really changed my perspective on the applicants and working with them. I care more about the community. … So when somebody has a project, I want to work with them and find ways to meet the city regs while also meeting their needs, and it’s not just so much about process and paperwork anymore. … Heart and Soul really can be called long term planning the right way.” Kirsten Sackett, former director of building and planning, Cortez, Colorado.

 

International Walk to School Day

  • October 7, 2015

Schools all over the world participate in this event, which typically occurs on the first Wednesday of the first full week in October. International Walk to School Day 2014 took place on Wednesday, October 8th. Walk to School Day 2015 will take place on Wednesday, October 7thSign up for our newsletter to stay informed on all things related to International Walk to School Day, including when event registration will be open.

Deadline: Saris 5th Grader Bicycle Poster Contest

  • October 6, 2015

The Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest is back!

 

This year’s theme: #longfortheride

There’s something contagious about riding a bike that has us reaching for our handlebars time and time again. We believe that by creating safe places for people to ride we can also create a better quality of life. Ask each student to create a poster that shows what they love about the bicycle (it is fun, healthy and green).

 

How to Enter

Step 1: Find out if your state is participating here.

Step 2: Review and follow the contest rules.

Step 3: Submit your entry to your state coordinator by October 6, 2015 (make sure to include your permission slip).

 

That’s it!

 

Once your posters have been submitted to your state coordinator, they will determine the prize winners for your state. Your state coordinator will also send us the top poster for national online voting, which will take place November 17th – November 19th. The National winner will be announced here the week of November 23rd.

 

Prizes

One National Winner

In addition to a bike, light and a helmet one National winner will receive a three day/two night trip for two (parent or guardian and child) to Washington DC during the 2015 National Bike Summit (airfare, $200 food stipend, and lodging included).

National winning school will receive bike parking for 20 bikes and The Hub System. The Hub is an active transportation tracking system. The Hub makes it easy, fun, and educational for a school to implement a walking & biking incentive program.thehub.saris.com

 

Each state will have the following winners:

First Place

  • Schwinn Bicycle
  • Schwinn Helmet
  • Schwinn Bell

 

Second Place

  • Schwinn Helmet
  • Schwinn Bell

 

Third Place

  • Schwinn Helmet

Rules

 

View the contest rules here.

Submit entry by October 21st. We will accept one poster per school. Please send the winning poster to your state contest coordinator. You can find your coordinator here or by contacting Brian Turany (bturany@saris.com or call 608-729-6276).

The National winner will be selected with the help of the public through online voting November 17th – November 19th. Our National Winner will be announced on the Saris website on November 24th.

 

If you have any questions, please email bturany@saris.com or call 608-729-6276.

 

 

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Road Diets

  • October 6, 2015

The second installment of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will provide an in-depth look at road diets. 

Road diets involve reducing or narrowing travel lanes to allow space for other features like bicycle lanes, medians, and sidewalks. Listed as one the FHWA’s proven safety countermeasures, this reallocation of space can improve safety, reduce speed differential, and/or improve accessibility for transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists. 

This presentation, led by Matthew Ridgway (Fehr and Peers Transportation Consultants), will explore the process of implementing road diets, including considerations where they should and should not be performed, and will provide several case study examples. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Video Competition Deadline

  • October 1, 2015

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Wants to Hear From You!

Walking is the most common form of physical activity for everyone and has multiple well-documented benefits. The Every Body Walk! Collaborative wants people from across the country to show what walking means to them.

We need individuals and organizations to create short videos (between 30 seconds and a minute) on a variety of topics to be submitted and uploaded between now and October 1st. The videos with the most likes, shares and views will be highlighted at the 2nd National Walking Summit, featured on Every Body Walk! Website and used by the partners at the Every Body Walk! Collaborative.

The walking movement is growing across America and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative wants to highlight this growing strength by putting a face on the movement with a video competition.   Have fun, send in your videos and keep walking!

The Themes

  • Walking is Fun and Funny (#walkingisfun)
    Walking offers people opportunities to get active, have fun and find the joy in physical activity. Show us how you have fun with walking! Send us your best silly walk, ways you turn walks into playtime or why you think walking is fun.
  • Steps to a Healthier Life (#walkforhealth)
    Walking can have a major impact in improving your health. How has walking changed your life for the better? Show us how walking has helped you take steps in the right direction towards a healthier lifestyle.
  • Walking Together (#walkingtogether)
    Walking is a great way to make memories, build relationships and find time to be together. Who do you walk with to make special moments?
  • My Favorite Walk (#favoritewalk)
    Walking keeps you active and opens door to interesting places. Take us on your walks as you learn your community, discover new worlds and share the beauty you find while walking.
  • Making America a Great Place to Walk (#walkableUSA)
    The walking movement is here and growing! Send us videos sharing the challenges and triumphs you face in making your community a great place to walk. We want to hear from the groundswell of people and organizations making real change across America!
  • Walking Is ___________________ (#mywalk)
    One of the best parts of walking is that you can do it on your own terms! Send us videos on what walking means to you and all the different ways walking is incorporated in your daily life.

How to Submit Your Videos

  • Instagram/Twitter: Videos should be uploaded to your Twitter or Instagram using the appropriate hashtags from above for each “Theme”.
  • YouTube: Videos should be uploaded to your YouTube account and tagged with the appropriate hashtag from above for each “Theme”.
  • Email: Participants can Email Videos to ebwcnews[at]americawalks[dot]org in a .mov format. Please note that videos emailed may not be uploaded immediately but within 24 hours of submission.

 Further Instructions

  • Make it a group affair! Grab your friends, family, coworkers or whoever to help you tell your story!
  • Make it fun! Walking puts a smile on our faces and we want to see a smile on yours!
  • Encourage others to like and share your videos or submit their own. We want this challenge to take off and need your help to make it grow!
  • Videos should be no more than one minute long
  • Videos submitted after October 1, 2015 will be added to the channel but will not be considered for participation in the competition.

Disclaimers

  • Videos should contain original content only. Videos containing content not owned by the person submitting the video will be removed and will not be considered for participation in the competition.
  • Participants understand that by submitting a video in consideration for the competition, they are doing so of their own free will and will not be compensated for their work or their product.
  • Participants agree that by submitting a video the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, the Every Body Walk! Collaborative partners and the National Walking Summit Committee may us complete or partial videos in promotion of the competition and other initiatives or events.

Questions? Email Heidi Simon at hsimon[at]americawalks[dot]org

- See more at: http://americawalks.org/every-body-walk-collaborative-video-competition/#sthash.zHHXUXs8.dpuf

Webinar: Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety - Crossing Islands and Raised Medians

  • October 1, 2015

The first installment of the Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety webinar series will explore crossing islands and raised medians. 

Crossing islands—also known refuge islands—are raised islands placed in the center of the street at intersections or midblock crossings to help protect crossing pedestrians from motor vehicles. They allow pedestrians to deal with only one direction of traffic at a time, and enable pedestrians to stop partway across the street and wait for an adequate gap in traffic before crossing the second half of the street. Raised or continuous medians can be installed along the length of a corridor to improve safety for pedestrians and other road users. They have been identified by FHWA as a Proven Safety Countermeasure. 

This presentation, led by Demian Miller (Tindale-Oliver and Associates) will provide an in-depth look at these treatments, including considerations for implementation and evaluation, as well as case study examples. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions during a discussion period. 

This webinar is part of the 12-part Federal Highway Administration and webinar series entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. This series will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the most effective countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.

Webinar: Comprehensive Physical Activity Programs

  • September 29, 2015

Join Action for Healthy Kids and Let’s Move Active Schools to learn more about how to increase movement for your school! Schools can provide time for organized and free-time physical activity for youth through a multi-component approach, a Comprehensive School Physical Activity program, that includes physical education, physical activity during school (e.g. recess, physical activity breaks), before- and after-school programming, staff involvement and family and community engagement. Learn more about youth physical activity, comprehensive physical activity programs and how to implement one in your school!

Tuesday September 29, 2015, 3:00-4:00 ET, 2:00-3:00 CT, 1:00-2:00 CT, 12:00-1:00 CT (60 minutes)

Webinar will be recorded and sent to all registrants following the webinar.

 

2015 National Open Streets Summit

  • September 25, 2015 to September 27, 2015

The 2015 National Open Streets Summit will feature sessions and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced open streets organizers, led by experts from the Open Streets Project8-80 CitiesAtlanta Streets Alive, and other local organizers. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in Atlanta’s very own open streets initiative, Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday, September 27th. The program will focus on the health benefits of Open Streets in communities.

 

At the Open Streets Summit, you'll learn all about:

  • Building a coalition of supporters
  • Outreach to key community partners and stakeholders
  • Marketing and branding
  • Choosing a route
  • Program frequency
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Sponsorship, fundraising, and sustainability
  • Evaluating your initiative

Read a preview of the Summit here.

Agenda

Click here for the full agenda, including plenaries, break-outs sessions and optional activities.

Summit locations

Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26:

Ebenezer Baptist Church
101 Jackson Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Founded in 1886, Ebenezer Baptist Church is an historic church nestled in the heart of Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr., Historic District. From the pulpit of Ebenezer Church, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached his ministry of nonviolence in the fight for civil rights.

 

Sunday, September 27 - 2 PM to 6 PM:

Join us at Atlanta Streets Alive on Highland Avenue on Sunday, September 27th from 2 PM to 6 PM. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition closes the streets to cars and opens them to people. The Atlanta Streets Alive - Highland Avenue Route (at Boulevard) is just 0.5 mi from Ebenezer Baptist Church.

 

Webinar: Ten Years of Safe Routes to School - Celebrating successes and looking toward the future

  • September 23, 2015

Ten years of Safe Routes to School – Celebrating successes and looking toward the future 

In August 2005, Congress passed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This transportation bill included a new Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program that aimed to improve the ability of primary and middle school students to walk and bike to school safely.  Since then, the program has reached more than 6.8 million students in over 17,400 K-8 schools in all fifty States and the District of Columbia.

In celebration of ten years of SRTS, the National Center for SRTS prepared Creating Healthier Generations, A Look at Ten Years of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program, a report that examines the accomplishments of the Federal program and highlights successful SRTS programs around the country. This webinar will present key findings of the report and feature presentations from two SRTS initiatives that have forged multi-agency collaboration to implement comprehensive programs and impact student health and safety.

 

Date: Wednesday, September 23


Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST


Presenters:

  • Wesley Blount, Federal Highway Administration Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Office of Planning, Environment and Realty. Mr. Blount will provide FHWA comments on the ten year anniversary of SRTS.
  • Seth LaJeunesse, Program Manager, National Center for Safe Routes to School. Mr. LaJeunesse will review key findings from Creating Healthier Generations, A Look at Ten Years of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program, a report that examines the accomplishments of the Federal SRTS program.

Representatives from the Miami-Dade Safe Routes to School Initiative, who will describe components of a successful comprehensive program that reduced child pedestrian injuries.

  • Rachele Solomon, MPH, WalkSafe Program Manager, KiDZ Neuroscience Center The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • David Henderson, Bicycle Pedestrian Administrator, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Vivian G. Villaamil, Director, Transportation Planning, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Representatives from the North Carolina Active and Safe Routes to School Project, who will describe the Active Routes to School Program, a North Carolina Safe Routes to School Project supported by a partnership between the NC Department of Transportation and the NC Division of Public Health.

  • Ed Johnson, RLA, ASLA, Assistant Director, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, Safe Routes to School Coordinator.  
  • Lori K. Rhew, MA, PAPHS, Manager, Healthy Eating and Active Living Unit, Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health, North Carolina Division of Public Health

 

Webinar: Telling the Performance Story

  • September 22, 2015

The Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration and several national stakeholder groups, would like you to join us for the next Let’s Talk Performance: Telling the Performance Story.  The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT).  This event is open to FHWA and FTA staff, State DOTs, MPOs, transit providers, and other stakeholder agencies.  This webinar is the last in a series of six webinars focused on transportation performance management implementation activities.  

World Car Free Day

  • September 22, 2015

September 22nd is World Car Free Day. Celebrate by planning a Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day that week. Consider launching a Walking School Bus at your school in honor of Car Free Day!

 

Worldwide Day of Play

  • September 19, 2015

Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) is an annual event designed to encourage children and parents to turn off the television and play, especially outdoors. The event encourages children to think about getting away from the TV and being physically active. Schools and educational organizations have also been encouraged to host events around this theme. As it has since 2004, Nickelodeon will suspend programming on WWDoP across all of its TV channels–Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons and TeenNick– and websites from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ET/PT) urging kids to “get up, go outside and play.”

PARK(ing) Day

  • September 18, 2015

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

 

Webinar: Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities: What does it mean for you and yoru organization?

  • September 15, 2015

Join America Walks for an exclusive webinar on the soon to be released Surgeon General's call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities. We will receive a briefing from the Lead Scientific Writer on the Call to Action and hear how two leading organizations plan to take advantage of this exciting document. Learn how to use the Call to Action in your own organization!

When: September 15th at 2pm Eastern

 

Presenters:

  • Susan Carlson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Lead Scientific Writer for Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
  • Wendy Landman, Executive Director, Walk Boston
  • David Sabgir, Founder & CEO, Walk with a Doc

Webinar: The California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5

  • September 15, 2015

Join us for an introductory webinar on the California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5. We will provide an overview of the Curriculum for school district and school administrators, teachers, parents and community stakeholders interested in increasing the number of students who safely walk and bicycle to and from school and other neighborhood destinations. In addition to showcasing the Curriculum and its on-line training, the webinar will share strategies on how to best utilize the Curriculum in support of Walk to School Month activities in October 2015. 

The California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5 and its on-line training provides nine lessons for 4th and 5th grade teachers to educate students on how to be safe pedestrians and bicyclists and understand the positive impact that walking and bicycling has on their health and environment. 

The free California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5 and an on-line training are housed on the California Healthy Kids and After School Resource Center website. Please refer to the links below. 

Link to the Curriculum: 

https://www.californiahealthykids.org:443/product/9718  

Webinar: U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing

  • September 15, 2015

Join Caron Whitaker, Vice President of Government Relations for the League of American Bicyclists, for a briefing on the latest developments in U.S. federal transportation policy and legislation. This webinar is jointly presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Policy briefings are scheduled quarterly, with additional dates added as needed. Please note that policy briefings are not recorded.

Child Passenger Safety Week

  • September 13, 2015 to September 19, 2015

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Use this toolkit for information and ideas on how to generate awareness about child car safety in your community during Child Passenger Safety Week, National Seat Check Saturday, and throughout the year.

St. George Safety Festival

  • September 12, 2015

The health and safety fair in St. George, hosted by Dorchester EMS, is on September 12th from 10-2pm.  It will be at the Dorchester County Courthouse 5200 E. Jim Bilton Blvd., St. George, SC 29447. All are welcome!

Webinar: Explore Your Community

  • September 10, 2015

FREE WEBINAR! Explore Your Community, Phase 2 of the Community Heart & Soul™ method, is about discovering what matters most to residents in your community and building a vision for the future based on those shared values.

In this 60-minute webinar you’ll get an overview and then take a deeper dive into the key activities in Phase 2: Gathering and Sharing Stories to Identify What Matters Most. There will also be time for Q & A. Presented by Alece Montez Griego, program director and Meagan Picard, senior associate.

 

Live Webcast: Surgeon General's Call to Action

  • September 9, 2015

We are excited to share more details on the anticipated release of the Surgeon General's Call to Action. The Call to Action will urge all Americans to get involved in making America a great place to walk and will start by inviting you to be a part of the historic launch.

 

Please join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a live webcast for the launch of this important Call To Action that will offer strategies for increasing walking and walkable communities for people of all ages and abilities. The link below will go provide a simultaneous webcast of the release of the Call to Action on Wednesday September 9th, 2015 at 10am Eastern. 

 

Webinar: Not a Brain Break but a Brain Energizer! Move More in Your Classroom

  • September 9, 2015

Join Action for Healthy Kids and GoNoodle for September's Monthly AFHK Wednesday Webinar to learn more quick tips and find resources to help you get your students up out of their desks and moving to re-activate their brain and re-energized for learning. It’s not a brain break but a brain energizer and their easy to do to get kids moving more in your classroom!

Wednesday September 9, 2015, 4:00-4:30 ET, 3:00-3:30 CT, 2:00-2:30 MT, 1:00-1:30 PT (30 minutes)

Webinar will be recorded and sent to all registrants following the webinar.

This webinar is one of the AFHK Wellness Wednesday webinar series hosted on the the 2nd Wednesday of every month for a Wellness Tip to help your school wellness environment and to ensure every kid in your school is healthy and ready to learn. 

Topics include:

  • September: Classroom Energizers/Brain Breaks
  • October: Healthy Classroom Parties
  • November: Taste Testing
  • December: Yoga in the Classroom
  • January: Indoor Recess
  • February: Host a Health Fair
  • March: School Gardens
  • April: Volunteer for Healthy Schools
  • May: Walk/Bike to School Initiatives

By registering today, you're registered for the whole series. Listen to your favorite topics or all 9 sessions!

Webinar: The 6 E's of Walk to School Day Encouragement

  • September 2, 2015

On Wednesday, September 2nd, from 1-2pm Eastern, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar:

The 6 E's of Walk to School Day Encouragement
September 2nd 1-2:00pm Eastern
  

International Walk to School Day is a one-day event occurring during Walk to School Month in October that encourages and celebrates walking to school. This webinar will offer tips and tools to use in planning your walk or bike to school day week, or month campaign, and throughout the school year. Whether this is your first time coordinating a Walk to School Day event, or whether you’re a Walk to School Day pro looking for fresh tips and ideas, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and our partners are here to help you incorporate the 6 E’s and ensure your most successful event yet!

SPEAKERS:

  • David Hornak, Superintendent, Holt Public Schools and 2013 Michigan Champion for Health Award Winner
  • Waffiyyah Murray, Safe Routes Philadelphia Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Shane MacRhodes, Program Manager, Eugene Safe Routes to School
  • Rosie Mesterhazy, Fire Up Your Feet Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

 

This free webinar is part of a series of monthly National Learning Network webinars on topics related to Safe Routes to School and other policy and program initiatives that can increase walking and bicycling to school and in daily life.

Webinar: What's Happening at the Walking College?

  • September 1, 2015

For the last 12 weeks, a select group of walkable community advocates from around the country have been working through America Walks' new distance education program. After studying the history of transportation planning in the U.S., these 25 "Walking College Fellows" learned how streets and public spaces need to be designed to encourage walking, and how to engage local government to make this actually happen. They also received training in fundraising, leadership development, and coalition-building. In this webinar, Walking College Fellows will reflect on their experiences and describe their next steps in their own campaigns.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

  • September 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Organize a Health and Safety Fair for your students and families! Line up guest speakers and community organizations to talk about nutrition, physical activity and safety. Celebrate by planning a Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day that week. Consider launching a Walking School Bus! Organize a community 5k run or a bicycle rodeo at your school!

Student Travel Tally Month

  • September 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015

Tallies are a requirement of our Silver Partner level. The form is easy to use, and you can reference this Tip Sheet for additional information. Also consider surveying your parents early in the school year. Contact your SOC to learn more about how to evaluate your SRTS program.

Click here for more information!

Webinar: Pedestrians Count! – How to Measure Foot Traffic

  • August 27, 2015

Speakers: 
Krista Nordback, Portland State University 
Shawn Turner, Texas Transportation Institute 
Scott Brady, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 
Theo Petritsch, Sprinkle Consulting 
David Jones, Federal Highway Administration 


Learn from experts and share your knowledge of how to count pedestrians. Are people with clipboards the only way? What technologies work and how can we use them? How can an agency improve an existing or start a new pedestrian count program? Join us for an information sharing webinar on this quickly evolving topic. We will learn from leaders in the field and encourage active audience involvement, so come prepared to share your experience! 

This IBPI webinar is part of a project sponsored by FHWA to study best practices in pedestrian traffic monitoring. 

Portland State University is working with ICF International and Sprinkle Consulting on a contract to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration to advise them on potential improvements to the Traffic Monitoring Guide specific to pedestrian travel.

Webinar: Obesity Evaluation Toolkit - Resources for Evaluating Community-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts

  • August 25, 2015

To join: Please dial 877-278-2734 and use participant pin number 714652. Please click the following link or copy/paste it in your web browser to join Glance: http://ctb.glance.net?key=4082.

Overview: Obesity poses one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, creating serious health, economic, and social consequences for individuals and society. Despite acceleration in efforts to characterize, comprehend, and act on this problem, including implementation of preventive interventions, further understanding is needed about the progress and effectiveness of these interventions.

In 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress. In addition to a national plan for planning, implementing, and evaluating the results of obesity prevention–related policies and programs, the report outlines a Community Obesity Evaluation Plan that identifies key components of implementing evaluations at the community level. The IOM is launching a newly-created resource page that provides an overview of key steps and principles in community-level evaluation, as well as links to related resources from the IOM, government agencies, and the Community Tool Box.

This webinar will provide introductory remarks about the 2013 IOM Report, and will feature steps in community evaluation and related resources for supporting evaluation efforts.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify benefits of evaluating obesity prevention–related policies and programs;
  • Describe steps in evaluating community-level obesity prevention efforts;
  • Access resources supporting community-level obesity prevention efforts

Presenters: Lawrence Green, University of California at San Francisco; Leslie Sim, Institute of Medicine; Stephen Fawcett and Christina Holt, Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas

Webinar: Integrating Ped/Bike Concepts into University Courses

  • August 19, 2015

Integration of pedestrian and bicycle concepts into transportation classes is essential in creating sustainable, livable communities. PBIC has updated the Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Short Series, which is designed to augment undergraduate courses in basic civil engineering and/or transportation planning. The course materials now include up-to-date presentation slides for three 50-minute lectures, four assignments, and a reading/resource list. Webinar speakers will discuss why entry-level transportation professionals need experience planning and designing for all modes and how the updated course materials may be used and adapted for different university courses. 

Webinar: Engage with Local Government: Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkable Community Movement

  • August 14, 2015

Engage with Local Government: Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkable Community Movement

Date and Time: Friday, August 14th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

About the Webinar: The latest webinar in America Walks’ “Walking College” series. Having learned about fundraising and personal leadership development in the previous module, our 25 Walking College Fellows (and all America Walks supporters) are now invited to meet three critical stakeholders in any local walkable community movement – an engineer, a planner, and an elected official.

While advocates, who can articulate the diverse benefits of walkable communities, provide the energy for the local movement, local government partners are essential in order to actually change policies, systems, and the built environment. For this webinar, we’re delighted to welcome three national experts in building walkability into the local government process – a councilwoman from Boise, the former Director of the Missoula Office of Planning, and an engineer with 34 years experience with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Each of these professional areas has its own culture, its own set of priorities and taboos, and its own vocabulary, and many of the problems of our automobile-centric society may be partly attributed to the fact that planners and engineers have operated in silos for much of the last 50 years. Fortunately, that unhealthy situation is changing in the modern world, as our speakers will demonstrate.

Tune in to learn how to reach out to land-use planners, traffic engineers, and local policymakers – and effectively engage them in the effort to make your community more walkable.

About the Presenters:

Elaine Clegg was elected to the Boise City Council in 2003 and has been re-elected twice. An Idaho native, Elaine became interested in growth management issues in the 1980s and started her advocacy career as a board member with her neighborhood association. In 1998, she joined the staff of Idaho Smart Growth, where she continues to provide technical assistance to communities to develop pedestrian and bicycle action plans and identify policy and zoning solutions that support smart growth. As a member of the Boise City Council, Elaine serves on Boise’s growth management team, the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization Board, the Boise metro regional transit authority, and the Association of Idaho Cities Board. At the national level, Elaine is currently Board Vice-president with the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and a member of the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee.

Roger Millar is Vice President for Technical Assistance with Smart Growth America. He also serves as the Director of the organization’s Leadership Institute and the National Complete Streets Coalition. In a career spanning decades, Roger has also held numerous senior positions in the public sector, including Manager of the City of Portland, Manager of Oregon’s Arterial Streets Division, and Director of the Missoula Office of Planning and Grants. He played a leadership role in the development of Portland’s Pearl District, the Portland Streetcar, the Roaring Fork Valley “VelociRFTA” Bus Rapid Transit system, and the “Envision Missoula” Long Range Transportation Plan – all of which are cited as national models. Roger is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Certified Floodplain Manager.

Gary Toth has helped to lead a national movement to integrate land use and transportation planning as a mechanism for creating more livable, walkable communities. During 34 years with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Gary helped transform the agency into one that invites communities into the planning process and designs transportation systems that respond to local needs. He was the founder of the agency’s Context Sensitive Solutions Program and Project Manager for the Smart Transportation Guide. With the Project for Public Spaces since 2007, Gary has worked with dozens of communities to help them plan and create more sustainable streets and transportation networks, including conducting hundreds of trainings and community engagement sessions. He is also one of seven instructors certified for the National Highway Institute’s Transportation and Land Use Course, leading the discussion on what makes a great street.

Webinar: Out of the Box Ways to Boost Public Engagement

  • August 13, 2015

“Involve Everyone” is a core principle of the Community Heart & Soul™ method. Towns that have undertaken Heart & Soul projects have come up with creative ways to hear from community members whose voices might otherwise go unheard.

Join Meagan Picard, Orton senior associate, along with Meaghan Carlson, past Heart & Soul project coordinator in Gardiner, Maine, and Robby Henes, Heart & Soul Team member, Heart & Soul in Cortez, Colorado. Both towns came up with creative ways to engage residents, from bar coaster surveys to a "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" photo contest.

 

Webinar: Walkability - The Health and Wellness Equation

  • August 6, 2015

Walking is more than basic transportation and recreation; it is the key to health, longevity and affordable living. If we want more equitable communities--accessible--then walking must become a natural activity again. In this session, Dan Burden, one of the early pioneers in North America's walkability movement--coining the terms 'road diets,' 'walking audits,' 'photomorphs' and inspiring Complete Streets conversions--will address the link and bond between walking and health. 

Webinar: Americans' Views of Transportation and Livable Communities

  • August 5, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT 
Speakers: Jennifer Dill, Portland State University; Hugh Morris, National Association of Realtors 

The National Association of Realtors® and Portland State University conducted a nationwide survey in the 50 largest metropolitan areas, asking Americans about where they live, where they want to live, and their travel habits. 

This webinar will present the key findings from that survey, including people’s preferences to live in mixed-use, walkable communities and what may help them walk, bicycle, and take transit more. The large sample (3,000) allows us to look at demographic differences, including between the generations (Millennials, Baby Boomers, etc.).

National Night Out

  • August 4, 2015

National Night Out (NNO) is coming up on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. (The October date is October 6, 2015)

NNO is an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and began as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie.

Celebrations across America include events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

NNO offers the perfect opportunity to bring your community together!

 

National Stop on Red Week

  • August 2, 2015 to August 8, 2015

National Stop on Red Week is August 2-8th!

Did you know that red light running is the leading cause of urban crashes? In 2009, running red lights resulted in 41 fatalities in South Carolina. Therefore, it's especially important to remind ourselves to drive safely in and around our school zones. This campaign is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of running red lights through education and enforcement efforts.

We know that school will not yet be in session, but here are some ways you can promote National Stop on Red Week:

  • Encourage parents to sign a “Safe Driving Pledge”. Have it ready to go home with them during registration or meet your teacher night. Also include in the first school newsletter.
  • Ask your school staff to wear the color red that week as a reminder to “Stop on Red”.
  • Air PSAs on the television in your school office and upload them to your website.

Webinar: Sustainable Pavements

  • July 29, 2015

The Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team within FHWA’s Office of Natural Environment, in coordination with the FHWA Sustainability Working Group, invites you to participate in the third of a series of webinars based on Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities. The aforementioned report illustrates how sustainability has been incorporated into a wide variety of FHWA programs, projects, policies, processes, and partnerships.

 

This webinar will focus on Sustainable Pavements and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT). Gina Alhstrom from FHWA's Office of Asset Management, Pavements, and Construction will give an overview of the Sustainable Pavements Program and highlight recent activities including the recently released Sustainable Pavements Reference Document. A sustainable pavement is one that achieves its specific engineering goals while meeting basic human needs; using resources efficiently; and preserving or restoring surrounding ecosystems. For FHWA, a sustainable approach to pavements means that decisionmakers make balanced and efficient choices among environmental, economic, and social values—the triple bottom line of sustainability—that will provide the best benefits to the natural and human environments now and into the future.

 

Please forward this information to your colleagues, as this webinar is open to the public. Registration for the event is optional, but the webinar room is limited to 100 participants and is first come, first served. A webinar recording will be posted to the Sustainable Highways Initiative website. For more information on the webinar series, click here or contact Connie Hill (connie.hill@dot.gov).

 

Webinar: Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities

  • July 27, 2015

“Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities”

Date and Time: Monday, July 27th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

About the Webinar

America Walks’ second series of “Walking College” webinars launches July 27th. Designed for the Walking College Fellowship program, and open to a general audience, this webinar focuses on fundraising – one of the biggest challenges for local community change agents.

First, Brighid O’Keane, Walking College Mentor and Interim Director with the Alliance for Biking & Walking, will provide an overview of the following fundraising strategies:

  • Planning for fundraising and financial leadership

  • Anatomy of a winning grant proposal

  • Finding local funding sources

  • Online fundraising

  • Consulting and contracts

  • Earned income

  • Public dollars for walkability

  • Where to start and what’s next?

    For each topic, Brighid will provide helpful tips and cautions about mistakes to avoid.

    Then, David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director with ioby (“in our back yards”), will describe his organization’s crowd-resource funding strategies. David believes firmly in the power of crowd-sourcing to stimulate meaningful community involvement in urban planning, and create measurable, community-driven change in neighborhoods everywhere.

    About the Presenters

    Brighid O’Keane joined the Alliance for Biking & Walking in 2011. After serving as Advocacy Director and Deputy Director, she became Interim Executive Director in April, 2015. In her current role, Brighid manages the Alliance’s programs and operations, cultivates relationships with partners and funders, and works closely with the Board on strategic planning and transition planning. An environmental policy graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, Brighid has partnered with community organizers in Thailand and worked in Colorado, California, and Alaska on organizational development, facilitation, and popular education. Brighid is also on the board of the Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE), a network of young organizers that uses experiential tools and collective action to become change agents within larger social movements.

    David Weinberger is the City Partnerships Director with ioby. The mission of ioby (“in our back yards”) is to make neighborhoods safer, greener, more livable and more fun through crowd-resource funding strategies. In this role, David develops and implements strategies for deliberate, tailored partnerships with city-focused organizations and local governments. Previously, he worked as a New York City Urban Fellow and Project Planner at the NYC Department of Transportation, helping to develop and implement WalkNYC, a citywide pedestrian wayfinding program. David studied public policy and political science at Hunter College, where he focused on sustainable urban development, and has also worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the U.S. Department of State, the Democratic National Committee, and PBS.

Webinar: Active Transportation and Equity - Key Challenges and Opportunities from the Field

  • July 21, 2015

As the United States is wrestling with race and class in many arenas, these issues have come to the forefront in the world of walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School.  Straight talk on equity is welcome when it comes to active transportation, health and safety — but what does equity and active transportation mean in practice at the local and regional level?  Join the National Partnership's webinar to hear why equity is crucial in the world of active transportation, how equity is being prioritized in the field, and learn about best practices in bridging the gap between community need and active transportation's benefits.

 

Presenters:

Sara Zimmerman, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Pedro Arista, Program Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Tamika Butler, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Alyia Smith-Parker, Senior Associate, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities

Webinar: Examining Biking and Walking through a Racial Justice Lens

  • July 15, 2015

Many biking and walking organizations are seeking to better represent equity, diversity and inclusion in their internal structures and external efforts. But, as we begin to engage in this critical work, we often get tripped up by our lack of shared language and understanding of key concepts around racial justice. In this webinar, we’ll explore some of the fundamental underpinnings and terms so you can feel confident starting and sustaining productive conversations around race that move your organization and your work forward.

Webinar: Institutionalizing the Change: How to Make Walking Routine"

  • July 15, 2015

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 15th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

The third webinar in America Walks’ “Walking College” series reviews public policy and private marketplace strategies to increase walkability. Just like the others in the series, this webinar is free and open to the public, as well as the “Walking College Fellows.” When setting out to promote walking and increase walkability, it makes sense to focus initial efforts on specific locations where people want to walk or where there is an identified barrier. However, as local walking movements gather momentum, it is essential to transition to a new paradigm, in which walking and walkable community designs are the “norm,” not the exception. As presenter Mark Fenton will explain, advocates need to work their way upstream and work to modify the broad public policies that determine how individual projects are built and set the framework for market forces to operate. The strategies Mark will describe fall into three categories – administrative changes that help set new priorities, planning and zoning ordinances which determine how property is developed, and private sector policies which can unleash the power of the marketplace. Local government administrative changes that can have an impact quite quickly include changing the job descriptions of planners and engineers to emphasize the benefits of walkable neighborhoods, as well as making sure pedestrian activity is measured and analyzed. Planning and zoning laws should emphasize density, mixed-use and mixed-income developments, and pedestrian-friendly building designs. And important corrections need to be made to the price of parking and the way employers support their employees, in order to allow the market to drive what most people want – more walkability!

About the Presenter Mark Fenton is a public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television. He has written numerous books including the bestselling “Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness,” helped with the development of the University of North Carolina’s Safe Routes to School clearinghouse, and facilitated the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Mark studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, was a researcher at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, and manager of Reebok’s Human Performance Laboratory. From 1986 to 1991, Mark was a member of the United States national race-walking team and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials in the 50-kilometer race-walk.

Webinar: U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing

  • July 14, 2015

Join Caron Whitaker, Vice President of Government Relations for the League of American Bicyclists, for a briefing on the latest developments in U.S. federal transportation policy and legislation. This webinar is jointly presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Policy briefings are scheduled quarterly, with additional dates added as needed. Please note that policy briefings are not recorded.

Plan4Health Coalitions: Letter of Intent Deadline

  • July 1, 2015

By nature, planners are collaborators and conveners. At the local, regional, and national levels, we strive to bring all stakeholders together to create vibrant, healthy places. This project is designed to leverage our roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes.

Through an overarching collaborative strategy that brings together members of the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Plan4Health project aims to build local capacity to address population health goals and promote the inclusion of health in non-traditional sectors.

Coalitions made up of APA chapters, APHA affiliate groups, and others will work to set a new paradigm for healthy planning. By leveraging complementary expertise and influence, this project seeks to expand innovative tactics to addressing tough problems. Please visit www.plan4health.us for more information.

 

Through an overarching collaborative strategy that brings together members of APA and APHA working in communities, this project will address population health goals by promoting the inclusion of health in non-traditional sectors—specifically, urban and regional planning, but also transportation, recreation, real estate development, and others. Funds for this project will be competitively awarded to build local capacity in grantee communities across the United States and to empower participants to continue work beyond the funding cycle.

 

Focus Area

Each proposal must address one (or both) of the following determinants of chronic disease:

Inactivity: Increase opportunities for physical activity

Unhealthy diet: Improve access to nutritious food and beverages

 

In addition, health equity and improving opportunities for living a healthy life are central to the goals of this project. As the proposal takes shape, please keep health equity in mind; the use of health needs assessment and built environment and health data will also be key components of project development and implementation.

Award Type

Each proposal must select one award type: capacity building or implementation ready. The goal for both categories will be to increase policy, systems, and environment (PSE) approaches to improving physical activity and nutrition for population health. While all awarded coalitions will have access to capacity building resources and all coalitions will be required to implement project strategies for a portion of the project period, applicants must identify a Plan4Health award type:

A)     Capacity Building (approximately five awards available)

  1. Proposals submitted under the capacity building award type will focus on strengthening key coalition components, including coalition formation and member recruitment. Coalitions will likely be emerging, leveraging the Plan4Health opportunity to engage new partners in communities not currently involved in—or with very limited involvement of—PSE work at the intersection of planning and public health.
  2. Guidelines for capacity building applicants:
    1. The key coalition goal is to initiate a PSE approach to population health. It is not a requirement to have previous work with PSE strategies
    2. The coalition has a history of community-based work among existing coalition members and/or a commitment to advance a PSE approach, as evidenced in the application form and through letters of support
    3. The coalition plans to strengthen existing relationships, with an emphasis on cultivating cross-sector partners
  3. Project period overview for capacity building applicants
    1. The first five months of the project will be devoted to capacity building, including strategies and activities related to strengthening coalition infrastructure as well as finalizing appropriate PSE strategies
    2. The first five months of project plans are required with the submission of the application; strategies and activities must be outlined in the Community Action Plan (CAP) template. Strategies and activities will include capacity building work as well as the initial identification of likely PSE approaches based on the needs of the target community
    3. The remaining 10 months of the project period will be dedicated to the implementation of PSE strategies

B)     Implementation Ready (approximately 15 awards available)

  1. Proposals submitted under the implementation ready award type will be prepared to begin implementation of PSE strategies at the start of the project period. Key staff members will be in place; coalitions will likely be established, with a history of successful projects and/or collective coordination.
  2. Guidelines for implementation ready applicants
    1. The key coalition goal is to advance appropriate PSE approaches to population health, building upon historical success
    2. The coalition has a history of PSE work and strong partnerships, as evidenced in the application form and through letters of support. Coalition membership may be strengthen or modified for the purposes of this project
  3. Project period overview for implementation ready applicants
    1. The full 15 month project period is dedicated to implementation of appropriate PSE strategies. The first five months of project plans are required with the submission of the application; strategies and activities must be outlined in the Community Action Plan (CAP) template. Strategies and activities will include PSE approaches based on the needs of the target community.

Awards

Awards will average $150,000; no more than two awards will be granted in a single state.

Please note: all Plan4Health support is contingent upon continued federal funding.

 

Park and Recreation Month

  • July 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015

This July, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is celebrating 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world. From the start, parks were created to serve the people—to give them a place to appreciate nature, exercise, socialize and have fun. This mission lives on and will continue to intensify into the future. This July, let’s celebrate the past, present and future of parks and recreation!

In 2015, the NRPA is challenging you to get gnarly and rock Park and Recreation Month 80s-style. Maybe you’ll host a totally tubular aerobics dance party (leg warmers and headbands are a must!) or maybe an 80s movie night series — whatever you choose, have fun with it! Check back here often as we’ll be rolling out new materials and resources as we have them.

Questions? Contact Roxanne Sutton, rsutton@nrpa.org or Lauren Hoffmann, lhoffmann@nrpa.org.

 

Webinar: Linking Planning and Asset Management

  • June 25, 2015

The Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team within FHWA’s Office of Natural Environment, in coordination with the FHWA Sustainability Working Group, invites you to participate in a webinar series based on Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities. The aforementioned report illustrates how sustainability has been incorporated into a wide variety of FHWA programs, projects, policies, processes, and partnerships. Each webinar will focus on a particular section of the report and will feature specific FHWA activities that advance sustainability. This series will serve as a resource to the public, transportation professionals, and those working within FHWA to help them better understand the various sustainability activities and initiatives moving forward within the Agency.

Webinar: When Safe Routes to School Meets Violence Prevention

  • June 25, 2015

On Thursday, June 25th, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Eastern, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar:

When Safe Routes to School Meets Violence Prevention
June 25th 1 to 2 pm Eastern

Safe Routes to School isn’t just about protecting children who are walking or bicycling from the threats posed by vehicles.  In some communities, violence and crime are great dangers to children and can be barriers to walking, 
bicycling, and being active. Hear from speakers about the impacts of violence on youth and communities, strategies to make routes to school safe from violence and crime, and how we can work collaboratively to create communities where kids can be active and safe. 

SPEAKERS:

  • Carmen Burks, Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Jamecca Marshall, Prevention Institute
  • Sara Zimmerman, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

 

This webinar is part of a regular series of free webinars brought to you by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on topics related to Safe Routes to School and other policy and program initiatives that can increase walking and bicycling to school and in daily life.

Rock Hill Focus 2020 Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

  • June 24, 2015

What are the biggest challenges facing Rock Hill?  Traffic, managing growth, jobs, housing options, or other concerns? Come tell us what you think.  Join us at City Hall in Council Chambers from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Webinar: Designing Places for People

  • June 23, 2015

Webinar Title: “Designing Places for People”

Date and Time: Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 at 2pm Eastern

About the Webinar

America Walks’ summer series of webinars has been designed for the 25 appointed Fellows of the “Walking College,” but is open to the public.   The second webinar in the series, “Designing Places for People” takes a deeper look into the design and implementation of walkable communities.

Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration with Blue Zones, has worked in 3,500 communities to transform streets and public spaces into livable, walkable communities that support healthy, affordable lifestyles. Along with Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones’ Built Environment Manager, Dan will teach us all to see through his eyes, as he surveys a desolate and abandoned downtown district, and visualizes its transformation into a modern, vibrant marketplace of human interaction – welcoming people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and religions.

Dan and Samantha will discuss the greatest tool available to urban design- the human foot and how to create rich, dynamic cities that people will fall in love with. Their discussion will offer an informative and entertaining demonstration on their work with street transformations and teach participants the most important elements to get people walking, economies thriving and people working together to redesign cities for a walkable future. By the end of this webinar, participants will have the tools and resources, including AARP’s Sidewalks and Streets Survey tool, to begin creating change in their own communities.

This webinar is the second in the “Walking College Webinar Series.” Please join us in July when walkability experts Mark Fenton will discuss policy approaches for changing communities and guides for getting involved.

About the Presenters

Dan Burden is the newly-appointed Director of Inspiration and Innovation at Blue Zones. In May 2014, the White House recognized Burden as one of the top ten Champions of Change in Transportation, also named by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world,” and his peers at Planetzian list him as one of the 100 most significant urban thinkers of all time. Dan has relentless energy and has personally helped 3500 communities throughout the world make their means of transportation healthier, more active and affordable. Many of Dan’s streets designs and town centers are now celebrated in numerous publications and books and, of course, everyday by the millions of feet utilizing his designs.

 

Samantha Thomas is the Built Environment Manager, co-facilitating walkability with Dan Burden, active-living, safe routes to schools, and neighborhood traffic calming workshops. Working with the community, she develops community-led action plans spanning from Kauai, HI to Long Island, NY. She received her degree in Urban Design from the University of Minnesota. Samantha works to inspire residents and leaders alike to start any public project with an understanding of their shared values as the foundation for creating great public spaces.

 

Webinar: Understanding the Socio-Psychological Factors Affecting Active Travel to School

  • June 23, 2015

Findings from a Quasi-Experimental Study of Boltage Encouragement Programs 
Much of the research on children’s travel to and from school has studied the impacts of the built environment. This three-year study contributes to current literature by investigating the role of socio-psychological factors in determining children’s travel behavior. 

“Boltage” is a novel intervention program that incorporates technology and social incentives to encourage children to walk and bike to school. By evaluating Boltage programs that have been implemented in two elementary and two middle schools, researchers conducted a quasi-experimental study to examine how peer influences, incentives, and perceived social acceptance have affected the students’ active school travel. 

The project used data collected through Boltage scanners, focus groups, and surveys to identify attitudinal and behavioral changes following the implementation of Boltage programs and compare the changes reported from eight other comparable schools where no such interventions were applied. Analysis findings provide evidence that the Boltage programs are effective in improving the rates of children walking or biking to school.

CycleHack 2015

  • June 19, 2015 to June 21, 2015

WHAT IS A CYCLEHACK?

A CYCLEHACK IS A TANGIBLE PROTOTYPE THAT ADDRESSES A BARRIER TO CYCLING.  IT IS AN IDEA OR SET OF SOLUTIONS, THAT SOLVES PROBLEMS WITH CYCLING FROM PEOPLE WANTING TO GET INTO USING BIKES, TO PEOPLE WHO RIDE ON A DAILY BASIS.

CY.CLE.HACK (SI-CAL HAK)

noun, plural CycleHacks

A tangible prototype that addresses a barrier to cycling.

 verb, CycleHacked, CycleHacking

To retrospectively modify current infrastructure and / or cycling products & services using a cyclist’s intuition.

WHAT KIND OF BARRIERS?

A barrier to cycling is anything that stops a person from getting onto their bike. The problems we seek to solve differ between cities as geographical, social and environmental conditions change. Some of the barriers that we address are specific to a location like troublesome street corners or intersections. Others are larger macro issues such the way we market cycling to diverse audiences, such as women and those living with a disability.

The more we open up the discussion about these barriers and move beyond the initial focus upon cycle lanes, you uncover a whole range of issues from large to small.

MICRO BARRIERS

CycleHack has created solutions micro barriers such as cycling with a handbag, making a skirt bikeable and indicating in a safe why, that doesn’t make you feel like you are going to fall off. Micro barriers are focused on smaller issues and result in quite defined products, services and new campaign ideas.

GEOGRAPHIC BARRIERS

CycleHackers often look at specific locations within their area and aim to decrease challenges and increase cycling. For example, this may be a particular problematic intersection or addressing the cycling infrastructure in a certain neighbourhood.

MACRO BARRIERS

While some cities may not have an existing bike community or infrastructure, CycleHack considers bigger questions such as ‘How do we encourage people to cycle?’ and ‘How can we better communicate the benefits of cycling.’ These larger barriers often produce strategic plans or early stage concepts to take forward.



CYCLEHACK CATEGORIES 

PHYSICAL

From mudguards you can print out in the office to DIY indicator light instructions, physical cyclehacks are objects that can be modeled, tested and further prototyped using readily available materials.

DIGITAL

Using digital technologies to overcome barriers offers a whole spectrum of possibilities for new experience ideas. These can range from using real-time cycling data to create digital apps to simply starting a new Facebook group to build a community around your idea.

EVENT/CAMPAIGN

Event and campaign cyclehacks often overlap both physical and digital categories and seek to build collective power to address barriers. This type of cyclehack isn’t limited to cyclists but can include taxi drivers, pedestrians, drivers, bus drivers and other road users. It can be prototyped and tested through gathering together event participants and documenting the impact.

POLICY

CycleHack can influence policy through grouping together a few of these categories and prototyping some amazing tools for change. We’ve seen cycling advocates create, crowdsource and publish Google Docs which invite the public opinion, to digital apps that enable individuals to gather their own cycling data to collectively influence the future of cycling policy.

LOCAL PLAN

We all often ride along the street and think ‘why is that junction like that?’ or ‘wouldn’t it be easier and safer if that corner was like this?’. While we would all love to make our mark on cycling infrastructure, its not always that simple. Local plan cyclehacks are created when those with infrastructure ideas collaborate with someone with the skills to visualise it. By taking photos, sketching and developing detailed plans – these ideas can be presented in a productive and professional manner.

 

 

URBAN PROTOTYPING

Urban prototyping is about trying new ideas out in the world.  This can be cost effective and de-risk new solutions by trying them out before implementing and learning how people use them.  

We see urban prototyping as a tool for civic participation, allowing citizens to help re-imagine what their place would look like.  From trying out bike safety signs in the city to testing new wayfinding tools, prototype quickly and scale up will help save money in the long term and re-connect citizens with being part of positive change where they live.

 

SC SRTS Statewide Forum

  • June 18, 2015

The South Carolina Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resource Center will hold its first statewide SRTS Forum on Thursday, June 18th. This one-day event will include plenary and breakout sessions for a broad audience of SRTS stakeholders. Sessions will cover topics such as bicycle and pedestrian safety education, ways to enhance SRTS programs, and infrastructure planning and strategies.

Registration is FREE.  Networking opportunities and peer-to-peer learning will be featured and is encouraged.  Lunch will be provided to all participants. Professional Development Hours may be available.

All involved in SRTS are invited to attend. Registration is open through Sunday, June 14, 2015.Click here to register.

Schedule

Logistics

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Spring Valley High School 
                 120 Sparkleberry Lane
                 Columbia, SC 29229
                 (Click here for map)

Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Please indicate dietary restrictions in your registration.

Directions

From Charleston:

  • Take exit 116 (I-77 Charlotte)
  • Stay on I-77 for 16 miles
  • Take exit 16 (I-20 Florence exit)
  • Go 4 miles and take exit 80 (Clemson Road)
  • Turn left onto Clemson Road
  • In 0.4 miles turn left onto Sparkleberry Lane (Exxon gas station is on the left and CVS is on the right)
  • Continue on Sparkleberry Lane for  1.9 miles and Spring Valley High School will be on the left

From Greenville:

  • Get on I-385 S to merge onto I-26 E
  • Take exit 107 B for I-20 E toward Florence
  • Take exit 74 (US-1/Two Notch Road)
  • Turn Left onto US-1/Two Notch Road
  • In 4.9 miles turn right onto Sparkleberry Lane
  • In 0.4 miles Spring Valley High School will be on the right

From Aiken:

  • Get on I-20 E towards Columbia
  • Take exit 74 (US-1/Two Notch Road)
  • Turn Left onto US-1/Two Notch Road
  • In 4.9 miles turn right onto Sparkleberry Lane
  • In 0.4 miles Spring Valley High School will be on the right

From Myrtle Beach:

  • Get on I-20W heading towards Columbia
  • Take exit 80 (Clemson Road)
  • Get into the far left lane and in 0.4 miles turn left onto Sparkleberry Lane (Exxon gas station is on the left and CVS is on the right)
  • In 1.9 miles Spring Valley High School will be on the left

Promotional Materials

Webinar: Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations

  • June 18, 2015

In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a new guide that gives law enforcement and community partners advice, guidance, and promising practices for setting up and conducting effective pedestrian safety enforcement and reducing pedestrian fatalities. 

Released in early 2015, Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations: A How-To Guide is the result of an intensive multi-year collaboration with dozens of law enforcement agencies across the country. The guide offers detailed information about planning, conducting, and following up enforcement operations, as well as case studies highlighting successful programs from across the country. 

To download the Guide, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Pedestrians/Pedestrian+Safety+Enforcement+Operations:+A+How-To+Guide. 

This session will include presentations and a discussion centering on the guide itself and several case studies from around the country. The presentations will introduce you to the guide and its findings, providing information about incorporating successful pedestrian safety strategies in your community. Wil Price, of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will discuss the development of the guide. Case studies of enforcement programs will be shared by Ranjit Walia, of Civic Eye Collaborative LLC, George Branyan, of the Washington DC Department of Transportation, and Sergeant Richard Ruth of the Orlando Police Department. 

The presenters will also participate in a question and answer session to answer questions from the attendees.

Webinar: Why Walking?

  • June 18, 2015

Why do we care about walking, and why do we put so much effort into campaigning for walkable communities? In our first Walking College Webinar, we take an introspective look at the walking movement with the help of two of its most accomplished practitioners. Jonathon Stalls, Founder and Lead Itinerant with Walk2Connect, will discuss the human, psychosocial practice of walking and give examples from the increasing popular vogue of walking groups, clubs, and programs. Then, Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego will present "The Ecology of Walking" - an exploration of the interrelationships between walking, health, the environment, and the economy; and a chronology of the fall and rise of walking as transportation over the last 100 years.

LCI Training (NC)

  • June 12, 2015

Join Bicycling In Greensboro (BIG) this spring to learn more about bicycle safety and become a League Cycling Instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists.

June 12-14, BIG will host the League of American Bicyclists as they present a League Cycling Instructor seminar. Successful candidates who complete this seminar will then be able to teach the Ride Smart classes in their own communities. You must complete the TS101 class and be a member of the League of American Bicyclists in order to register for the LCI seminar. Registration is open for the seminar at www.bikeleague.org. (Unless you are logged into the website as member, the seminar will show as closed to registration.)

For additional information on either opportunity, please contact Bicycling In Greensboro at education@bikegso.org or 336.949.ROLL (7655).

 

Webinar: Citizen Planning Academy

  • June 11, 2015

Are community members in your town in the dark when it comes to planning and development issues? Does your local government struggle to recruit volunteers for boards and commissions? If so, a citizens’ academy could be the answer!

Citizen planning academies are community education programs that build local leadership, increase awareness, and broaden involvement in community planning.

Wayne Senville, publisher and editor, PlannersWeb.com; Leanna Lawson, chairperson, Rockingham County Citizens' Academy; and Kathleen Osher, executive director, Transit Alliance, join CommunityMatters® for an hour-long conference call on June 11. They’ll share ideas and tips for starting a citizens’ academy in your community.

 

York County Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting

  • June 11, 2015

Community Meeting - Shaping our Future

Join us in Shaping the Future of York County at an interactive public workshop, Thursday, June 11th. 6:00-7:30. The goal of the workshop is to work together to address issues and opportunities and create a strategy to move York Forward. The meeting will be at Oakridge Middle School, 5650 Highway 557, Clover.

Project Background and Overview

York County has been enjoying the economic benefits of growth. Proximity to Charlotte, excellent schools and a high quality of life has attracted employers and residents alike. Coupled with that growth is the increasing demand for services and infrastructure, and keeping pace with that demand is paramount to maintaining the quality of life for which the area is known.

While an update to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan at this time is a requirement set forth in the State of South Carolina's Code of Laws, the update is timely for York County at this stage of its evolution. It presents an opportunity to address the specific needs of the community and continue on the path of positive growth.

This effort will result in a plan that is strategic in nature, it will identify key strategies to be implemented by the County and its partners in both the public and private sectors to facilitate growth management initiatives that are critical to future economic stability. The project is on schedule to be presented to County Council by the end of 2015.

For additional information about the Comprehensive Plan, please see this FAQ document. Also visit the project's website, www.yorkforward.com.

 

 

Webinar: Partners for Places 2015 Grant Informational Call

  • June 8, 2015

A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations.

National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

During this webinar, you’ll learn about the grant, the application requirements, and about past awarded projects.

Spartanburg County Healthy Schools Summit

  • June 4, 2015

The Second Annual Spartanburg Healthy Schools Summit will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Whitlock Flexible Learning Center.  Online registration is NOW available here

Download, print or share our 2015 Healthy Schools Summit flyer!

Partners for Active Living and Alliance for a Healthier Generation held the First Annual Spartanburg Healthy Schools Summit on June 5, 2014 at Wofford College. This  day-long conference for administrators, school board members, teachers and staff, nurses, guidance counselors, SIC/PTSO members, and interested community members discussed many topics such as school wellness policies, nutrition, nutrition education, employee wellness, physical education, Safe Routes to School, joint use agreements, etc. The conference reviewed the 2013-14 Healthy School Pilot Projects along with other programs and policies, and community resources.

To access presentations from the 2014 Summit, click here.

Webinar: Measuring the Economic Impact of Nonmotorized Transportation

  • June 4, 2015

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is pleased to announce a new webinar on estimating the economic value of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Measuring the Economic Impact of Nonmotorized Transportation Webinar
Thursday, June 4, 2015
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Communities across the United States are interested in understanding how transportation decisions and investments can result in economic benefits. This webinar will explore methods that can be used to evaluate the economic benefits of nonmotorized transportation investments based on a recent report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Evaluating the Economic Benefits of Nonmotorized Transportation. The report documents a variety of economic benefits of these investments and provides a resources for communities who are interested in measuring the economic impact of future projects.

A presentation from Erica Simmons of the John A Volpe Transportation Systems Center will focus on the development of the report, followed by case study presentations from agencies that have assessed the local impacts of investing in bicycling and walking. Sean Quinn from New York City’s Department of Transportation will discuss their efforts to document the economic benefits of sustainable streets, and Dr. Greg Lindsey from the University of Minnesota will share findings from a study on the economic impact of bike share users in Minneapolis.

Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the panelists.

Webinar: Building Bridges between Transportation and Health

  • June 3, 2015

This webinar will discuss the connection between transportation and health and give insight into the specific process one community used to fund programs and how the programs are implemented from start to finish. It will also highlight how advocacy and community organizing are used to move projects forward. 

Moderator:  Megan Wier, MPH
(Lead Staff, Health, Transportation and Equity at San Francisco Department of Public Health)

Speakers:

• Leslie Meehan, AICP 
(Director of Healthy Communities, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization)

Leslie will provide an overview of the process used to incorporate health into transportation planning, policy, funding, data collection and measurement in the greater Nashville region.  She will provide information on how the MPO evaluates and prioritizes projects by health and equity, and how health data is used to predict population-level changes in health outcomes from increased active travel.

• Scott Bricker
(Executive Director, America Walks)

Scott will discuss advocacy and community organizing as tools to move projects forward. He will provide examples of communities that have improved walkability and active transportation through organized efforts.

What Works Cities Application Deadline

  • June 1, 2015

What Works Cities is a new, national initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Its mission is to elevate and accelerate cities’ use of data and evidence to engage citizens, make government more effective, and improve people’s lives.

Our world-class program partners include the Behavorial Insights Team, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence, Results for America, and the Sunlight Foundation.

 

WHY BECOME A WHAT WORKS CITY

Across the nation, leading mayors are drawing on the power of data and evidence to make better decisions for their citizens. It’s a fast-growing movement that includes world-class cities of every shape and size—and there’s room for many more. What Works Cities will partner with mayors and other city chief executives who are committed to this approach by providing assistance targeted to local needs: on-the-ground training, access to world-class expertise, connections to peer cities tackling similar challenges, and help with the implementation of technical solutions.

Five reasons to participate in What Works Cities

  1. Learn new approaches and best practices, and put them to work in your city
  2. Access expertise and program resources personalized to your needs and your vision
  3. Connect with like-minded cities working on the same things, to learn and grow together
  4. Deepen commitment from stakeholders in your city by achieving success you measure
  5. Help define a new level of achievement for American city government

What Works Cities helps you build on the work you’re doing—to go further with what you’ve got.

 

ELIGIBLE CITIES

Over three years, What Works Cities will partner with 100 mid-sized American municipalities. Any U.S. city with a population between 100,000 and 1,000,000 is eligible to participate. The program will seek to work with a wide cross-section of cities from all corners of the country, no matter how they use data and evidence today.

 

PARTNERS

Bloomberg Philanthropies has assembled an unparalleled group of leading practitioners to focus on your goals and your citizens. They are, simply, world-class partners for world-class cities.

  • The Behavioural Insights Team
  • The Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • The Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
  • Results for America
  • Sunlight Foundation

 

GET STARTED

Local leadership is at the heart of What Works Cities, especially mayors and other city chief executives who commit to using data and evidence to improve results for residents. Beyond public support and commitment from mayors, the program also requires the active participation of senior city leaders such as city managers, chiefs of staff, and procurement, data, and performance officials. If you’re interested in participating, first tell us more about your city and your goals by completing a short online survey. You can do that, and find out more, at whatworkscities.org. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Every Kid Healthy Week Video Contest Deadline

  • May 31, 2015

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts our school partners are doing to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning – because healthy kids learn better! Everyone in the country can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools. Thank you to the 1,500 schools, 760,000 students, and 37,000 parents, teachers, and volunteers who joined in the Every Kid Healthy Week celebrations this past April!

 

Submit a video of your Every Kid Healthy Week event for a chance to win a $500 mini-grant for your school. View the guidelines for shooting videos and upload them by May 31, 2015. If you’d like to share a photo (not eligible for the raffle), please send it along with a brief description to your AFHK State Coordinator.

Webinar: Advancing a Sustainable Highway System - Access and Affordability

  • May 28, 2015

Candace Groudine from FHWA’s Office of Civil Rights will highlight the interconnections between sustainability, access and, affordability. She will also present examples of integrating equitable, sustainable, and accessible development and showcase FHWA sustainability activities related to access and affordability. Improving access to transportation and its affordability benefits the social and economic aspects of sustainability by improving employment opportunities, enhancing interaction with the community, and incorporating social equity principles inherent in civil rights. In addition, access improvements that increase the modal choices available to the public advance environmental sustainability by offering alternatives to motorized travel, such as walking and bicycling.

Webinar: Washington Safe Routes to School Resources and Survey Results

  • May 27, 2015

Charlotte Claybrooke and Ed Spilker of the Washington State DOT and Mandy Stahre of the Department of Health will present the results of the newly completed Washington State Student Travel Survey and the School Walk Route Map survey. Therre will also include some information about the School Walk and Bike Routes Guide update.

Webinar: Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safter Streets

  • May 22, 2015

Webinar Title: “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets”

Date and Time: Friday, May 22nd at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

America Walks is excited to announce the next free webinar in its second series of 2015, “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets.”  This webinar is part of the “Take Action at the Local Level” webinar series that calls upon individuals to build community and institutional support for walkable design.

Barbara McCann, former Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, and now Director of Safety, Energy, and Environment in Secretary Foxx’s office will lead off with an overview of the DOT’s Action Plan and the Mayor’s Challenge. After summarizing the recent rise both in walking and bicycling for transportation, and in pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities, Barbara will describe the seven strategies that are being implemented by more than 200 participating mayors: enacting Complete Streets policies, addressing safety barriers for people of all ages and abilities, gathering and tracking biking and walking data, using context-appropriate designs, creating complete ped-bike networks, strengthening safety laws, and enforcing proper road use.

After that introduction, we will hear from the mayors of four very different types of cities in the upper mid-west, the south, and the mountain west. Mayor Zachary Vruwink of Wisconsin Rapids, WI will discuss how pedestrian safety and access are supporting his community’s recovery from decades of economic decline. Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr.’s Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager Kyle Wagenschutz will then describe how Memphis is using the Mayors’ Challenge as a springboard to promote health and physical activity in a sprawling southern metropolis of two-thirds of a million. Although Memphis’ near neighbor, the City of Hernando, MS, has a population of just 15,000, Mayor Chip Johnson has made a name for himself by promoting walkable, bikeable communities and is the newest member of the America Walks Board of Directors. Finally, National League of Cities President and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will explain why alternative transportation is a priority for his administration and his mountain city.

Find out if your mayor is involved by joining this webinar!

Spartanburg Ride of Silence

  • May 20, 2015

The Ride of Silence is a yearly international bicycle ride to commemorate cyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. It helps to raise awareness among motorists of the dangers they pose to cyclists.

Spartanburg’s event is being organized by Partners for Active Living (PAL) and will take place on Wednesday, May 20th at 6pm on the Mary Black Foundation Trail.

 

Webinar: Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) All-Stars

  • May 20, 2015

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) has seen incredible success over the past years with 31 cities and counties achieving gold medals in all five LMCTC goals. Many other participating communities anticipate reaching this designation in the next year. Increasingly, communities involved in the initiative expressed they are interested in taking on more advanced and challenging activities as a next step after completing the five LMCTC goals. As a result, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have developed eight new strategies, called LMCTC All-Star Strategies. 

Join us on Wednesday, May 20th to learn more about the eight All-Star Strategies, how your city or county can sign on to LMCTC All-Stars, and the technical assistance and recognition opportunities for those participating in LMCTC All-Stars. 

Please note that only LMCTC sites that have reached gold in all five LMCTC goal areas are eligible to pursue the All-Star Strategies. However, you are still welcome to attend this webinar even if your city or county has not yet earned gold in all five LMCTC goal areas. 

Kids to Parks Day

  • May 16, 2015

CELEBRATE KIDS TO PARKS DAY ON MAY 16TH!

Join National Park Trust (NPT) in celebrating Kids to Parks Day on May 16, 2015!

Children, families and schools in communities across America will celebrate their local, state and national parks and public lands on Saturday, May 16th in commemoration of Kids to Parks Day. Mayors and Civic Leaders in cities and towns across the United States have played a key role in making Kids to Parks Day a success by passing resolutions of support and planning park events.

Visit www.kidstoparks.org to view kid-friendly park events by state and download tips and guides to help children, families and teachers in your community plan park adventures. Cities and towns that would like to join this rapidly growing national movement can find the proclamation template and other resources at kidstoparks.org.

 

Webinar: U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing

  • May 12, 2015

Join Caron Whitaker, Vice President of Government Relations for the League of American Bicyclists, for a briefing on the latest developments in U.S. federal transportation policy and legislation. This webinar is jointly presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Policy briefings are scheduled quarterly, with additional dates added as needed. Please note that policy briefings are not recorded.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Expo

  • May 11, 2015

All five Anderson County School districts are invited to attend the second Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Expo to learn about resources, organizations, and nonprofits that offer services or products to increase school wellness and student health. Administrators, teachers, and parents are encouraged to attend!

Monday, May 11, 2014: 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Civic Center of Anderson

3027 MLK Jr. Blvd. Anderson, SC 29625

Does your organization or nonprofit have a service, program, or healthy product to offer to Anderson county schools, parents, or students?

Meet with school administration, faculty, and parents from the five Anderson County school districts at Anderson County’s second Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Expo.

Registration Details

Vendors who register will receive a table and linens to display their services, programs, or products as well as a listing in the Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Expo program packet advertising your offering.

Interested in sponsoring the event?

Sponsorship of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Expo will include a table and linens to display your services, a listing in the program packet, and your logo will be included on all Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Expo promotional materials.

 

Laurens County Master Greenway Plan - Public Meeting

  • May 7, 2015

The Laurens County Trails Association needs your input and ideas!

As a SC charitable nonprofit, the Laurens County Trails Association (LCTA) is working in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to develop a Master Greenway Plan for Laurens County. The Plan will include how to extend the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail through Laurens Count. The Plan needs our input, your knowledge of resources, and your interest!

The plan will include walking, hiking, biking, waterways, and horse trails. Because your opinion is important the LCTA needs input on existing natural, cultural, and historic resources that should be considered.

Plan on attending any of the meetings below to provide your feedback!

  • Tuesday, May 5th – Grey Court Community Room, Grey Court Town Hall
  • Thursday, May 7th – Waterloo Camp Fellowship

All meetings will take place from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

 

National Bike to School Day

  • May 6, 2015

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

Bike to School Day 2014

National Bike to School Day 2014 was held on May 7, with Bike to School events taking place throughout the month of May. More than 2,200 schools participated. To see which schools participated near you, visit Who Biked 2014.

Mark your Calendars! The Bike to School Day dates for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 have been set:

Bike to School Day 2015 - May 6, 2015

National School Nurses Day

  • May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6th, is National School Nurses Day!

Please use this day to tell your Nurse how much you appreciate them!

Some celebration ideas may include:

  • Construct a bulletin board in honor of your Nurse and highlight all that she does
  • Write a “Thank You” article in the school newsletter
  • Recognize your Nurse on your morning announcements
  • Have students sign “Thank You” cards for your Nurse
  • Have your PTO/PTA sponsor a gift for your Nurse

 

Webinar: Improving the Science of Built environment and Public Health for Physical Activity

  • May 6, 2015

CDC’s rigorously vetted Community Guide provides evidence-based interventions and recommendations for addressing public health challenges and chronic disease factors. Historically, however, the Guide has included very little on one of the greatest community features that determines health: the built environment – but recently that’s changing. In this webinar, participants will hear about new updates to the Community Guide that focus specifically on built environment factors to improve physical activity, and hear some examples of how to implement such interventions at the local level.

Speakers: 

Greg Heath, University of Tennessee: Dr. Heath will provide a brief historical perspective and overview of how the built environment came to be included in the Community Guide, with an emphasis on transportation policy and planning and how those factors contribute to physical activity behaviors in different settings.

David Hopkins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Dr. Hopkins will provide an overview of what community guide is, why the CDC considers built environment interventions key for increasing physical activity, and some of the challenges in evaluating evidence of impact for such interventions, particularly single v. combined exposures.

Katherine Hebert, Creating Community Change Consulting: Building upon the previous speakers, Ms. Hebert will offer a practitioner’s perspective and offer next steps and additional resources on implementing built environment interventions to promote physical activity.

 

Laurens County Master Greenway Plan - Public Meeting

  • May 5, 2015

The Laurens County Trails Association needs your input and ideas!

As a SC charitable nonprofit, the Laurens County Trails Association (LCTA) is working in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to develop a Master Greenway Plan for Laurens County. The Plan will include how to extend the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail through Laurens Count. The Plan needs our input, your knowledge of resources, and your interest!

The plan will include walking, hiking, biking, waterways, and horse trails. Because your opinion is important the LCTA needs input on existing natural, cultural, and historic resources that should be considered.

Plan on attending any of the meetings below to provide your feedback!

  • Tuesday, May 5th – Grey Court Community Room, Grey Court Town Hall
  • Thursday, May 7th – Waterloo Camp Fellowship

All meetings will take place from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

 

Webinar: Agency Leadership and Pedestrian Safety

  • May 5, 2015

The session will focus on how state, local, and regional agencies have raised the profile of pedestrian safety issues and launched programs to prioritize pedestrian safety as a focus area and influence cultural changes within their agencies and departments. Panelists representing a variety of agencies will describe how pedestrian safety became a priority, the ways in which their departments have begun to shift attention to this issue, and how other agencies can follow a similar path to prioritize pedestrian safety issues. 

The webinar will focus on what agencies have done to shift priorities and influence agency-wide culture, including information about programs and policies that have resulted from this culture change. Panelists will include Billy Hattaway (Florida Department of Transportation), Kevin Kokes (North Central Texas Council of Governments) and Chava Kronenberg (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency). 

Following the presentations, each of the panelists will then participate in a closing discussion. 

Webinar: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health

  • May 5, 2015

Improving the public’s knowledge base is critical to building support for sound policies and regulatory efforts. We’ll work through two empirically developed metaphors that can help environmental health professionals at all levels explain complex environmental health topics to non-experts, members of the media and the public. Each has been carefully tested and shown to be effective in building a more expansive understanding of environmental health work and the relationship of built and natural environments to public health outcomes. We’ll model how to use these tools and show them in action. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using these frame elements and get immediate feedback.

Spartanburg Criterium Kid's Bicycle Races

  • May 1, 2015

Pre-register for the kid's bicycle races during the Mary Black Foundation halftime at the 11th Annual Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium!

Races will take place between 6:30 and 6:45pm on May 1. All participating children and their parents/guardians must be at Lewis Miller Plaza next to Smith Drugs on Main Street by 6:00pm. Please check in at the registration table. Children will receive racing bibs. 

Ages 4-6 will ride approximately .1 miles from Lewis Miller Plaza to the Start/Finish line outside of the Local Hiker. 

Ages 7-8 will ride approximately .2 miles from Lime Leaf to the Start/Finish line outside the Local Hiker.

Ages 9-10 will ride .5 miles completing one entire lap of the race course starting and ending at the Start/Finish line. 

All children will need to be present at Lewis Miller Plaza by 6:00pm to participate. Children will be lead to their starting location by Partners for Active Living (PAL) staff. Please wait at Lewis Miller Plaza with your child until they are directed to their starting location by a PAL staff member. Please be sure to meet your child at the Start/Finish at the corner of Broad Street and Main Street in front of the Local Hiker when they have finished their ride. 

Laurens County Master Greenway Plan - Public Meeting

  • April 30, 2015

The Laurens County Trails Association needs your input and ideas!

As a SC charitable nonprofit, the Laurens County Trails Association (LCTA) is working in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to develop a Master Greenway Plan for Laurens County. The Plan will include how to extend the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail through Laurens Count. The Plan needs our input, your knowledge of resources, and your interest!

The plan will include walking, hiking, biking, waterways, and horse trails. Because your opinion is important the LCTA needs input on existing natural, cultural, and historic resources that should be considered.

Plan on attending any of the meetings below to provide your feedback!

  • Tuesday, April 28th – Laurens YMCA
  • Thursday, April 30th – Clinton YMCA
  • Tuesday, May 5th – Grey Court Community Room, Grey Court Town Hall
  • Thursday, May 7th – Waterloo Camp Fellowship

All meetings will take place from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Partners for Active Living Healthy School Project - Application Deadline

  • April 30, 2015

Through initial funding from Healthy South Carolina Initiative, Partners for Active Living (PAL) worked with three schools to pilot efforts to create the healthiest school environments possible. The schools include Hendrix IB World School, Holly Springs Motlow Elementary, and Westview Elementary. The 2014-15 schools include New Prospect Elementary, Oakland Elementary, Lone Oak Elementary, and Jesse Boyd Elementary.  PAL is honored to work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and is using the AHG School Wellness Toolkit.

The APPLICATION to participate in the 2015-16 Healthy Schools Project is now open.  Schools will receive mini-grants of $500 to implement healthy changes identified in the School Wellness Toolkit. Deadline is April 30, 2015 at 5pm.

Webinar: Designing Wayfinding Systems that Extend Your Civic Brand

  • April 30, 2015

Wayfinding systems are a complex network of features that include signage, furniture and interactive elements that all work together to illustrate and promote your civic brand. 

While wayfinding systems are very tangible aspects of your community, the most successful programs are those that build upon your civic brand, marketing and economic development strategies. Understanding how your civic brand will play in to design development, how your planning strategy connects to the creation of the system in the “real world,” and how to develop a plan for the future will allow your community to build a wayfinding system that reaches beyond signage. 

Sponsored by National Sign Plazas, Inc., this free one-hour webinar will feature NSP President Grant Hayzlett, who has worked on more than 100 civic projects and is dedicated to growing the interconnectivity of branded wayfinding systems.

Laurens County Master Greenway Plan - Public Meeting

  • April 28, 2015

The Laurens County Trails Association needs your input and ideas!

As a SC charitable nonprofit, the Laurens County Trails Association (LCTA) is working in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to develop a Master Greenway Plan for Laurens County. The Plan will include how to extend the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail through Laurens Count. The Plan needs our input, your knowledge of resources, and your interest!

The plan will include walking, hiking, biking, waterways, and horse trails. Because your opinion is important the LCTA needs input on existing natural, cultural, and historic resources that should be considered.

Plan on attending any of the meetings below to provide your feedback!

  • Tuesday, April 28th – Laurens YMCA
  • Thursday, April 30th – Clinton YMCA
  • Tuesday, May 5th – Grey Court Community Room, Grey Court Town Hall
  • Thursday, May 7th – Waterloo Camp Fellowship

All meetings will take place from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Webinar: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants

  • April 28, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced last week $500 million for transportation projects across the country under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. TIGER 2015 discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure for capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural. (Twenty percent of funds set aside for rural projects)

Pre-applications are due May 4, 2015 by 11:59 pm ET, final applications are due June 5, 2015 by 11:59 pm ET

Webinar: Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for TIGER Grant Applications

  • April 23, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced last week $500 million for transportation projects across the country under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. TIGER 2015 discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure for capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural. (Twenty percent of funds set aside for rural projects)

Pre-applications are due May 4, 2015 by 11:59 pm ET, final applications are due June 5, 2015 by 11:59 pm ET

 

Webinar: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper - and Healthier

  • April 23, 2015

Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. This webinar will focus on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to longer term change. Kate Rube and her team at Project for Public Spaces will present health-promoting ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ approaches, including active recreation amenities, street redesigns that prioritize pedestrians, and farmers’ market stands. After the webinar, participants will be ready to create great public places that attract people and provide many ways to get healthy.

Webinar: Protecting Pedestrians and Bicyclists, One Safer Truck at a Time

  • April 23, 2015

Dr. Alex Epstein

Volpe Engineer

In the coming years, the simultaneous rapid growth of urban freight and walking and bicycling in the U.S. threatens to increase truck-involved casualties, which are already overrepresented relative to trucks’ share of vehicles on the road today.

Volpe’s research into both proven and new crash avoidance and mitigation technologies for trucks is shaping a new pillar of cities’ Vision Zero programs, as well as advancing U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s bicycle-pedestrian safety priority. One specific safety technology—side underride guards—further extends to the tantalizing potential co-benefit of fuel efficiency, implying attractive payback and a pathway to accelerated adoption.

In this talk, Dr. Alex Epstein will highlight side guards and other technologies that Volpe is studying and helping deploy with partner cities to address the deadliest road crashes: those between large trucks and pedestrians or bicyclists. 

Volpe worked with the City of Boston to craft the nation’s first ordinance requiring side guards on trucks. The technology, shown at top-right on a Boston Public Works truck, helps protect pedestrians and bicyclists. (Volpe photos)

Earth Day

  • April 22, 2015

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22nd! Earth Day reminds us of yet another reason to walk and bicycle to school – cleaner air!

Here is a simple list of event ideas to help celebrate Earth Day in partnership with your ongoing SRTS program. Let me know if you are planning anything – we’d love to highlight your school on our Facebook page or in our next newsletter!

1. Plan a Walk and Roll to School event on Earth Day. Use this customizable flyer to help you plan and promote your event!

2. Plan a trash pick-up event at your school or in the surrounding neighborhoods. Not only will you be beautifying your community, but the kids will be physically active at the same time!

3. Organize a contest. Have students make posters, write essays, or perform a skit to show how walking and bicycling is good for the environment!

4. Recognize Environmental Heroes by giving awards to the students who walk and bike on a regular basis. Explain how their transportation choices have a positive effect on the environment.

5. Host a Dirty Sock event. Have students bring in, or seek donations for, white tube socks. Place the socks over the exhaust piped on cars and run the engine for 30-60 seconds. Talk about the exhaust and its effects on lung health.

6. Utilize environmental education lesson plans. Talk to students about the environment while teaching science lessons.

7. Implement a “No Idling” campaign at school. Have students create posters and post them around the parent loop.

8. Carpool for a day. Encourage families to carpool on Earth Day. Talk about how carpooling helps reduce your carbon footprint.

9. Participate in the Cool School Challenge. Make it a competition. The class that reduces their carbon dioxide emissions the most can win a prize!

10. Show videos about air quality. These videos can be played on your morning announcements, in class or during after school care programs.

Opening Day of the Inman Trail

  • April 21, 2015

The Greater Inman Area Chamber of Commerce Board and Active Living Committee are excited about the OPENING DAY OF THE INMAN TRAIL on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

It only took three days to have 20 exhibitors for the event.  Come out and join the community as celebrate OPENING DAY OF THE INMAN TRAIL. There will be exhibitors who support active living.

  • Gotcha Covered Boat and
  • Inman Chamber of Commerce
  • Partners for Active Living
  • South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center
  • Magnolia Manor of Inman
  • Sunnyside Chiropractic
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Lions Club of Inman
  • City of Inman Police Department – Community Crime Watch
  • Costco
  • YMCA OF GREATER SPARTANBURG
  • Ralls Family Chiropractic
  • Upstate Forever
  • Creature Comforts
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
  • American Legion Post 45
  • Palmetto Trail (PCF) and Glendale Outdoor Leadership Center
  • Pickle Ball information
  • Spartanburg Water
  • Spartanburg Parks

Hope to see a HUGE crowd. Let’s PACK THE PARK.

 

Webinar: Smart Fundraising for Healthy Schools

  • April 21, 2015

This webinar will share why healthy fundraising helps to support not only school activities but also the health of students and families of the school. This webinar will provide an overview of the Smart Snacks in School rules related to fundraising, discuss ideas for Fundraising that support a healthy school environment and share some Success Stories and resources. This webinar will be archived for those unable to attend the live session and a link to the recording will be sent to all registrants after the webinar.

Tuesday April 21, 2015 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT/1:00 PM MT/12:00 PM PT

Hosted By:

Action for Healthy Kids

Every Kid Healthy Week

  • April 19, 2015 to April 25, 2015

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts our school partners are doing to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning – because healthy kids learn better! Everyone in the country can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools.

Submit a video of your Every Kid Healthy Week event for a chance to win a $500 mini-grant for your school. View the guidelines for shooting videos and upload them by May 31, 2015. If you’d like to share a photo (not eligible for the raffle), please send it along with a brief description to your AFHK State Coordinator.

If your school is participating in Every Kid Healthy Week, you can find all the resources you need here, whether you are looking for event ideas or want to spread the word to your community and recruit volunteers. Every Kid Healthy Week Resources 

Application Deadline: Walking College

  • April 17, 2015

An Interactive, Online Education Program for Walkable Community Advocates

What is the Walking College?

America Walks serves hundreds of local organizations and thousands of individuals who are working to increase walking and improve walkability in their communities.

To address an identified need for training and capacity building, the America Walks Board of Directors has designed the Walking College – a structured program of self-study, mentored instruction, and team problem-solving.

This spring, a maximum of twenty-five Walking College Fellowships will be awarded to eligible applicants who commit to completing an instructional program (approx. 5 hours/week) between June an August, conducting an independent study project in September and October, and attending the 2nd National Walking Summit in Washington, D.C., October 28-30.

To apply for a Walking College Fellowship Complete this Online Application Form. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 17th at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific.

To learn more, view a recording of the information webinar from April 2, 2015 here. To download a copy of the Power Point presentation, please Click Here.

CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN: SRTS Safety Assessment - St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School

  • April 15, 2015

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Wednesday, April 15th at 2:00pm.

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

  • Assessing the current infrastructure
  • Identifying potential recommendations for improvement
  • Observing school arrival and student behaviors

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe arrival, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Start Time: 2:00pm

Location: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School

311 Gower Street, Greenville

 

Schools Network Meeting - Upstate Region

  • April 15, 2015

In 2012, Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina was asked to reconvene the Schools Network!  The Schools Network is designed to allow those who are working with issues regarding students’ health to share and learn from each other.  There are many great things happening within our schools to improve the health of students in South Carolina, and we would like to provide an opportunity to share these initiatives on a statewide level.  It is the goal of the Schools Network to provide a forum where school representatives can share, learn, compare, and help improve their efforts.

The Schools Network is hosting quarterly regional meetings in the Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee, and Upstate to engage and connect with our local school partners.  We would like to invite you to participate in the third regional meeting.  The Upstate Regional meeting will be April 15th, from 12:30pm-2:30pm, in Laurens, SC.   Please register for the Schools Network Upstate Regional Meeting here

If you would like to have an update of your school/district/organization/coalition's Healthy Eating/Active Living initiatives shared during the regional meeting, complete the attached form and return it to trimease@eatsmartmovemoresc.org by March 31.

Please share with your school contacts in the Upstate region (Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and UnionCounties).

Webinar: Maximizing Bike Month

  • April 15, 2015

Event Details

May is Bike Month. So we’re devoting our April Distance Learning Webinar to ensuring that your organization gets the most out of your Bike Month programming. What are some novel ways to get the biggest fundraising and publicity bang out of your May events? How can you hold on to the people who show up to Bike to Work Day and turn them into members? This free-ranging conversation will address these questions and more, plus we’ll help troubleshoot any issues that are coming up for you as your approach your busiest time of year.

This Distance Learning Webinar is free for Alliance members and $15 for non-members.

Presenters

We've got two knowledgeable presenters who will share their insight and expertise.

First up: Liz Murphy, Director of Communications at the League of American Bicyclists, which has been the national sponsor of Bike Month for more than 50 years. With a background in journalism herself and the architect of the League's massive following on social media, Murphy will share:

  • Highlights from the freshly updated National Bike Month Guide
  • Tips on mobilizing folks on social throughout May — and beyond
  • Best practices in getting media — and doing it well
  • Examples of successful partnerships between different types of organizations to amplify the Bike Month message

And, from the organizational perspective, we're also privileged to have Serena Lehman, Membership and Outreach Director for the Cascade Bicycle Club. Since 2013, Lehman has been taking a deep and critical look at how Cascade can effectively engage both new and current members and supporters and, on Wednesday, she'll share:

  • How Cascade asks people to donate or join during all of our Bike Month festivities
  • What that looks like and what incentives are used
  • And how that engagement extends beyond Bike Month with targeted electronic messaging

Whether it's your first or 50th National Bike Month, you'll glean something valuable — to make May count, not just during the 31 days, but for the rest of the year and beyond.

 

Webinar: Sustaining Your Community Health Improvement Efforts

  • April 15, 2015

This Webinar will provide awardees with key steps and strategies for sustaining community health policy, systems, and environmental improvements. Presenters will discuss how funding and other diverse resources can sustain projects beyond the funding period. Presenters will also discuss key considerations that should be made now, during the implementation phase, to help ensure that community interventions make a long-term impact. 

Learning Objectives: 

This Webinar will help awardees to: 

  • Assess key, sustainable components of their current work
  • Identify approaches for speaking with their leadership team, business communities, organizational partnerships, and coalitions with ideas for sustainability
  • Identify areas of their work that may increase opportunities for sustainability
  • Describe the importance of securing diverse resources to support sustainability 

Presenters: 

  • David Gibbs, Associate, Community Initiatives
  • Mary Balluff, Chief, Community Health and Nutrition Services, Douglas County Health Department (Live Well Omaha)
  • Paula Silha, Health Education Manager, La Crosse County Health Department 

Webinar: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants

  • April 14, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced last week $500 million for transportation projects across the country under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. TIGER 2015 discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure for capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural. (Twenty percent of funds set aside for rural projects)

Pre-applications are due May 4, 2015 by 11:59 pm ET, final applications are due June 5, 2015 by 11:59 pm ET

 

Live Webcast: Physical Activity - Moving Toward Obesity Solutions

  • April 14, 2015 to April 15, 2015

This public workshop, hosted by the IOM Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, will explore the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity. 

Often, obesity is thought to be the result of diet alone, and preventable through changing eating habits, or the types of food to which a population has access.  Many responses to the obesity epidemic have focused on food and nutrition, and advocates from the local to the national level have responded by promoting healthy eating. However, there has been less of a focus on the role of physical activity in obesity. 

The workshop will feature expert speakers and discussion on the scientific basis for a focus on physical activity in obesity prevention and treatment and will include presenters and discussants on the subject of prevention of overweight and obesity in adults and children, as well as the role of physical activity in overweight and obese populations. The workshop will also provide a space for speakers and attendees to share innovative strategies for promoting physical activity and preventing obesity in diverse settings and through various channels. 

The workshop will be held over 2 days.

  • On Day 1 (April 14) the program will focus on the science around the impact of physical activity on overweight and obesity (9:00 am – 3:20 pm EDT)
  • On Day 2 (April 15) it will focus on innovative strategies for promoting physical activity (9:00 am – 2:30 pm EDT)

The workshop will be webcast live from this page. No login or additional action is required.

 

Webinar: The Fine Art of Messaging

  • April 13, 2015

Based on research commissioned by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, this webinar will help you understand which messages about walking and walkability work, and which ones don't. Karen Saverino and colleagues at Metropolitan Group will present the results of surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups conducted across the country, that will help us effectively frame the issue of walkable communities. Your "call to action" will be to build these messages into your next communications initiative.

SRTS Safety Assessment - Tega Cay Elementary

  • April 9, 2015

Tega Cay Elementary has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Thursday, April 9th at 1:30pm.

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

- Assessing the current infrastructure

- Identifying potential recommendations for improvement

- Observing school dismissal and student behaviors

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Start Time: 1:30pm

Location: Tega Cay Elementary

2185 Gold Hill Road, Tega Cay

National Healthy Schools Day

  • April 7, 2015

Since 2002 parents, teachers, school nurses, custodians, advocates, and agencies have promoted National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide. Whether you are at the beginning stages of investigating school environments or have an established Indoor Air/Environmental Quality program, we invite you to host a local activity that educates others and celebrates your school’s successes.

National Healthy Schools Day is coordinated by Healthy Schools Network in partnership with many agencies and organizations.  Together we promote the use of EPA's IAQ Tools for Schools guidance as well as other EPA environmental health guidelines and programs for schools and children’s health.

Webinar: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work

  • April 7, 2015

Opening communications with a value can orient people’s thinking on the topic, and allow for successful follow up interactions. FrameWorks experimentally tested several values to find which worked best in helping the public to understand what’s at stake in promoting our nation’s environmental health. We will explore:

  • How choosing the wrong values frame can lead communications astray;
  • The key findings of this APHA-sponsored research; and
  • Which value to use to engage people more deeply in your issues.

Come prepared to try your hand at incorporating this evidence-based research into your own communications.

Deadline: Spare the Air Awards

  • April 6, 2015

The 2014 Spare the Air Awards are presented annually by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to recognize innovators, environmental leaders or peers in our state that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect the environment and improve air quality.

Since 2008, DHEC has honored some of the top businesses, community groups and individuals for implementing successful air quality initiatives in local communities throughout South Carolina.

Now, you have an opportunity to join a group of exceptional environmental leaders and showcase your success! A call for nominations is underway for the next round of outstanding air quality projects. Activities should have occurred between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

If you know an employee, community group, school or business that has made a positive difference in South Carolina by developing a model air quality project, please tell us about it. Nominate them today!

All entries must be received by the close of business on Monday, April 6, 2015.

National Public Health Week

  • April 6, 2015 to April 12, 2015

The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a 140-plus year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health. APHA publishes theAmerican Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health newspaper. At our Annual Meeting and Exposition, thousands of people share the latest public health research. We lead public awareness campaigns such as Get Ready and National Public Health Week. Together, we are creating the healthiest nation in one generation.

During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.

DAILY THEMES

  • Monday, April 6Raising the Grade. The U.S. trails other countries in life expectancy and other measures of good health, and this holds true across all ages and income levels. Too many people, including some of our political leaders, still believe we have the best health care in the world. We have great doctors, state-of-the-art hospitals and are leaders in advanced procedures and pharmaceuticals - yet our health ranks poorly when compared to other countries. To kick off NPHW 2015, the public health community will come together to talk frankly about what the data reveal about America’s public health.
  • Tuesday, April 7Starting from Zip. Today, your zip code says too much about your health. Within the United States, there are unacceptable disparities in health by race and ethnic group, state by state and even county by county. The effort to make the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation starts with equity across our communities. During the second day of NPHW 2015, the public health community will shine a light on local/state/regional disparities. We’ll come together to discuss the role – and success – of the Affordable Care Act in addressing disparities in access to care, while also laying out what else is needed to achieve health equity across our communities.
  • Wednesday, April 8Building Momentum. Influential leaders, companies and organizations are taking important steps in line with creating the healthiest nation: just look at recent actions by CVS, America’s major food and beverage companies, RWJF, the American Planning Association, Michelle Obama, and many others. On the third day of NPHW 2015, the public health community will outline major recent changes and what they mean for our health. While the outcomes of these changes will play out over many years ahead, these are significant shifts that demonstrate these are significant shifts that demonstrate momentum is building around a higher commitment to our nation’s public health.
  • Thursday, April 9Building Broader Connections. In the work to become the healthiest nation, we can’t do it all on our own. We have to expand our partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who has an impact on our health. During NPHW 2015, the fourth day will focus on communities mapping the network of partners and connections needed in their areas to make the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation.
  • Friday, April 10Building on 20 Years of Success. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of APHA coordinating National Public Health Week, and the accomplishments of the public health community over the last two decades are significant, such as a 25-year improvement in the average lifespan for Americans and a 70 percent reduction in HIV/AIDS-related deaths. During the fifth day of NPHW 2015, the public health community (and especially public health student leaders!) will come together to celebrate these and other accomplishments and bring a renewed focus to the work ahead - and what it will take to become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation.

 

Greenville Art Bike Parade

  • April 4, 2015

Join us for Greenville's First ART BIKE PARADE in Downtown Greenville

What?

For All ages! Bring your Bikes! Bring yourselves! A chance for everyone to celebrate our creativity and innovation through bikes as a medium! 

When?

Saturday, April 4th 10AM - 5PM

Where?

The parade will meet on the lower left bank of FallsPark on Murphy Street

Look for the Art Bike Rodeo

* There will be registrations on site the day of the event

The parade will meet on the lower left bank of FallsPark on Murphy Street during the iMAGINE Upstate Festival. Checkout our workshops leading up to the parade and join the festival. We are also very excited for the Bike Rodeo by visiting artists Art 120.  

Parade starts at 2PM. There will be onsite activities before and after, from 10AM – 5PM.

Safe Kids Day

  • April 4, 2015

Come out to celebrate kids, prevent injuries, and save lives! Safe Kids Trident Area will be hosting tons of exciting activities for kids and adults! Come take a "dip" in the ball pit pool, take a ride through the bike course, learn to stay safe in a fire, get hydrated before playing sports, or have your car seat checked. Join in for Safe Kids Day, and help make every kid a safe kid!

SRTS Safety Assessment - Oakland Elementary

  • April 2, 2015

Oakland Elementary has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Thursday, April 2nd at 1:30pm.

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

  • Observing school dismissal and student behaviors
  • Identifying potential recommendations for safety improvement

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Start Time: 1:30pm

Location: Oakland Elementary

151 Mud Creek Road, Inman

 

Webinar: Walking College Information

  • April 2, 2015

This summer, America Walks will present our first WalkingCollege. This five-month program of self-study, mentored instruction and team problem solving targets local change agents who have a passion for making their communities more walkable. 

Register here for an informational webinar (Thursday, April 2nd) about the WalkingCollege and the application process, which closes on Friday, April 17th.

National Walking Day

  • April 1, 2015

Kick off April with National Walking Day. Keep up the momentum from SC Walk to School Day by hosting another exciting event in April.

Register for your free toolkit and learn more about the event by clicking here: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/Walking/National-Walking-Day_UCM_448665_Article.jsp

Webinar: Evaluating Complete Streets projects - A guide for practitioners

  • March 31, 2015

This new guide will help communities better evaluate and communicate the results of their Complete Streets projects. After learning more about the guide, hear from transportation experts on the challenges, tools, and best practices in Complete Streets performance measures.

Opening Day for Trails

  • March 28, 2015

This year marks Rat-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) third-annual Opening Day for Trails! On Saturday, March 28, people across the nation will officially kick off the spring trail season by hitting their favorite trails. All you need to do to take part is just get out on a trail! How cool is that?

Plus, this year, when you pledge to join in on the Opening Day festivities, you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes with some great prizes, including Fuji bikes, Yakima bike racks and Camelbak hydration packs. Don’t miss out!

How to Participate:

Grab a pal and hit the trail! Tell your friends about Opening Day and have them join you on March 28.

Use RTC’s trail-finding tool, Traillink.com, to browse and explore trails across the country and in your neighborhood!

Use the hashtag #RTCOpeningDay and share your photos and stories on social media.

Application Deadline: LiveWell at School Award

  • March 27, 2015

LiveWell Greenville is excited to continue the LiveWell At School Award to recognize schools creating an environment of healthy eating and active living. This LiveWell School Award application will give experienced schools a way to demonstrate their success and receive recognition, and it also will give schools who are just getting started a way to think about school health and identify goals for the school year.

All schools that meet the LiveWell criteria, which is based on best practices, will receive $250 to support wellness activities, a plaque, a banner and window cling to display at your school and recognition at a year-end celebration. The top scoring school in each category will receive an additional $1000! Please note:  the top winners from the 2013-2014 application will not be eligible for this year’s top award.

Applications are due by March 27, 2015. Schools will receive notification of their designation eligibility in April.

Webinar: Tools for Building Bridges Towards Better Health

  • March 25, 2015

Newly developed tools are generating innovative solutions in communities across the country by guiding planners, architects and public officials as they assess, forecast and create healthy places.  In this webinar, a panel of professional and academic leaders will discuss emerging tools for building bridges toward better health through the built environment, including:

  • The Georgia Institute of Technology's Atlanta Neighborhood Quality of Life and Health Dashboard
  • The Environmental Protection Agency's EnviroAtlas
  • The Urban Land Institute's Building Healthy Places Toolkit

Speakers:

  • Nisha Botchwey, PhD, MPH, MCRP, Associate Professor at the Georgia Tech School of City and Regional Planning
  • Laura Jackson, PhD, Research Biologist at the U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development
  • Sara Hammerschmidt, Senior Research Associate at ULI

Moderated by Matthew Trowbridge, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor and Associate Research Director at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

SRTS Safety Assessment - Richmond Drive Elementary

  • March 24, 2015

Richmond Drive Elementary School has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Tuesday, March 24th at 1:30pm.

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

  • Assessing the current infrastructure
  • Identifying potential recommendations for improvement
  • Observing school dismissal and student behaviors

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Start Time: 1:30pm

Location: Richmond Drive Elementary

1162 Richmond Drive, Rock Hill

Webinar: Safer Streets, Stronger Economies

  • March 24, 2015

Safer Streets, Stronger Economies analyzes data from Complete Streets projects from across the country and explores the outcomes communities get for their investment. Join the online kickoff discussion to learn about this new research and to hear about the success some cities have already had with Complete Streets projects.

SRTS Safety Assessment - Independence Elementary

  • March 19, 2015

Independence Elementary has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Thursday, March 19th at 2:00pm.

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

  • Observing school dismissal and student behaviors
  • Identifying potential recommendations for safety improvement

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Start Time: 2:00pm

Location: Independence Elementary

132 West Springdale Road, Rock Hill

Webinar: Biking and Communities of Color: Friend or Foe?

  • March 18, 2015


The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar:


Biking and Communities of Color: Friend or Foe?
March 18th 1-2:15pm Eastern

 

When advocating for improvements to community safety, health, physical activity and food access, there is one common solution - mobility.  Having active transportation options to access one's everyday needs is a right that everyone should have.  Biking in communities of color is not new, yet, in so many neighborhoods, the appearance of protected lanes is deemed the beginning of gentrification.  Fortunately, there are bike advocates around the country who are producing results that show biking as a solution to community revitalization and not a trigger for displacement.

SPEAKERS:

  • Lyna Truong, Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) 
  • Adrian M. Lipscombe, Austin Transportation Department 
  • Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes 
  • Olatunji Oboi Reed, Slow Roll Chicago 
  • Keith Benjamin, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
     

This free webinar is part of a series of monthly National Learning Network webinars on topics related to Safe Routes to School and other policy and program initiatives that can increase walking and bicycling to school and in daily life. 

SRTS Safety Assessment - Clifdale Elementary

  • March 17, 2015

Clifdale Elementary has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Tuesday, March 17th at 1:30pm.

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

  • Assessing the current infrastructure
  • Identifying potential recommendations for improvement
  • Observing school dismissal and student behaviors

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Start Time: 1:30pm

Location: Clifdale Elementary

451 Heritage Hills Road, Spartanburg

 

Webinar: Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool

  • March 9, 2015

This webinar introduces the Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool, describing its use and outputs. Please note that attendance is limited and registration is required. More information regarding the tool, and the research report describing development of the tool, can be found at http://www.austroads.com.au/road-operations/network-operations/publications-resources/pedestrian-facility-selection-tool

Webinar: Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability

  • March 9, 2015

Join celebrated speaker and walkability expert Mark Fenton for a rapid-fire review of best practices for those beginning to build more walkable communities. Many communities are overwhelmed by the apparent technical challenges and cost of making themselves more walkable. But there are compelling, cost efficient, often simple approaches that are ideal first steps. Based on a series of interviews with some of the most experienced and successful walkable community advocates and implementers in the United States, this Webinar reveals starter-strategies that have been shown to work, and why!

Deadline: Playful City USA Application

  • March 6, 2015

Apply to have your city recognized as a 2015 Playful CityUSA community!

Playful CityUSA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the country for taking bold steps that make it easy for all kids to get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. These communities are recognized for their efforts to create more playable, family-friendly cities.

Playful CityUSA communities are making play part of the solution that moves the needle on city-wide challenges and, in turn, developing a competitive advantage that attracts and retains businesses and residents.
 

Cities that earn the Playful City USA designation receive access to the following benefits:

  • Two Playful CityUSA highway road signs
  • Marketing activation kit that includes press releases, a social media plan, and marketing materials to support national recognition and increase awareness
  • Webinars and networking events for grasstops and grassroots advocates to share and learn  about innovative solutions for play
  • Exclusive access to Policy Map, an online tool that enables cities to leverage up-to-date city data that can be used in combination with KaBOOM! playspace mapping data
  • Access to grants offered by KaBOOM! that support increasing opportunities for play
  • Increased stature and competitive advantage for state and national grant opportunities
  • Access to GIS methodology and data consultant services for play related projects

Start your application today and submit a draft by March 6th to receive feedback before final the final submission deadline on March 27th.

Webinar: Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal

  • March 5, 2015

The worst winter weather may be past, but while winter is still fresh in our minds, why not prepare for next year? Easter Seals Project Action Consulting, an organization who helps community agencies find solutions to improve mobility for people with disabilities and their families, will present this free webinar on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 2 to 3:30 PM Eastern

The Mid-AtlanticADACenter has arranged for this presentation as an introduction to our ADA Leadership Network, Title II Network and Community Partners Network.  Webinars developed exclusively for Network members on pertinent topics are just one of the benefits of membership.

Not a member of one of our networks? Please join us for this session, learn about our Networks and apply for membership. There is no charge for membership. Membership is limited to those who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV).  Send a message to ADATraining@transcen.org to learn more. If you are outside the Mid-Atlantic region, contact your RegionalADACenter to learn if similar programs are available.

This webinar will address:

  • How snow on the ground impacts travel for people with disabilities
  • How accessibility requirements under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply to snow removal practices
  • Ideas for expanding snow removal practices which habitually focus on vehicle traffic to include pedestrian and bicyclist
  • Potential roles for advocates in changing local policies and practices

As already made clear by our winter weather this year, ensuring safe and independent travel for people with and without disabilities in the event of snow can be difficult. A national standard for effective snow removal for pedestrians does not currently exist. Join this webinar to look at snow removal issues and explore ideas for possible solutions to be considered at the local level. Presenters will discuss how snow affects the independent travel of people with disabilities and effective practices in snow removal for public transportation and for the broader community.

Presenters

  • Donna Smith, Director of Training, Easter Seals Project Action Consulting
  • Kristi McLaughlin, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II, Easter Seals Project Action Consulting

South Carolina Walk to School Day

  • March 4, 2015

South Carolina Walk to School Day will take place on March 4, 2015.

In 2014, 184 schools registered their events, showing that walking celebrations have become part of school-culture, statewide. 

Thinking about planning for South Carolina Walk to School Day 2015? There are many ways to participate! No matter the event type, the goal is to emphasize how walking and biking are healthy and fun activities.  Your school may plan an event in which students:

  • Walk TO school
  • Walk TO school from a meeting location (such as a grocery store, park or church parking lot)
  • Walk AT school
  • Walk FROM school

SC Walk to School Day can help initiate conversations with your students and their families. Themes include:

  • Increasing physical activity and enhancing health
  • Reducing traffic congestion, and improving air quality
  • Teaching pedestrian, bicycle, and personal safety skills
  • Encouraging community involvement in Safe Routes to School programs

If you have questions about the event, contact your School Outreach Coordinator.

Check out our Resources Page for event materials and templates.

Webinar: Building Equity - Race, Class and Protected Bike Lanes

  • March 4, 2015

The new report from PeopleForBikes, “Building Equity: Race, Class and Protected Bike Lanes,” makes the case for bicycling infrastructure as an equity tool. Presenters review the research and data, and delve into the concepts highlighted by the domestic and international case studies featured in the report. City staff and bicycling advocates should attend this webinar to learn how to bring a productive discussion of equity to their communities and effectively incorporate equity concerns into planning.

Presenters:
Michael Anderson, Green Lane Project Staff Writer, PeopleForBikes
Chema Hernández Gil, Community Organizer, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition 
Martha Roskowski, Vice President of Local Innovation, PeopleForBikes

Continuing Education Credits: APBP will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours; each 60-minute webinar provides one hour of training (.1 CEU). APBP has applied to the AICP for 1 Certification Maintenance credit for this webinar.

Webinar: Road Diets - Improving Safety for All Road Users

  • March 3, 2015

Road Diets, the conversion of four-lane undivided roadways to three lanes (two through lanes and a two-way-left-turn-lane), are listed as one the FHWA’s proven safety countermeasures. This cross section reallocation can potentially improve safety, reduce speed differential, and/or improve accessibility to transit, pedestrians and bicyclists. 

In November 2014, FHWA published the Road Diet Informational Guide to help communities understand Road Diets and their numerous benefits to all roadway users. 

The FHWA Guide can be downloaded by visiting http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/info_guide/rdig.pdf.  

Keith Knapp, Ph.D, P.E. (Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program) and Brian Chandler, P.E., PTOE (Leidos) were part of a team of practitioners who developed the guide and will serve as panelists for this webinar. The session will provide an overview of the new guide and the basics of Road Diets. Participants will learn about the various safety and operational benefits of Road Diets and how to determine if they may be helpful in their location. 

The presenters will also participate in a question and answer session to discuss how to address barriers to implementation and answer questions from the attendees.

Deadline: Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

  • March 2, 2015

This year the National Park Trust (NPT) is once again hosting the Kids to Parks (KTP) Day National School Contest! The purpose of the contest is to empower students to create and plan their own park experience. This national contest is open to all schools across the country and in the U.S. territories. Students can submit proposals for a KTP event at a park in their community. NPT will award scholarships up to $1,000 to winning entries. Scholarships will be used by the winners to implement their KTP event during the month of May 2015. Deadline for entries is Monday, March 2nd. Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 on the NPT website. Please note that schools from under-served communities will be given higher priority.

Webinar: Creating Smart Paths for Connected Cities Webinar

  • February 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will host a free webinar to inform stakeholders of its new Connected Cities Research Program. The webinar, entitled “Creating Smart Paths for Connected Cities,” is scheduled for February 26, 2015, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm EST. 

Background: 
“Connected cities”—where information networks connect city systems including transportation, utilities, and public services—have enormous potential to enhance the livability of our streets and quality of life for residents. Connected vehicle technologies, integrated sensors, big data analytics, cloud computing, mobile devices, social media, the smart grid, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are converging to transform the future of our cities, making them smarter and their citizens more connected than ever before. To help shape this future, the U.S. DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is launching a Connected Cities Research Program. 

Purpose of Webinar: 
What makes a city smart and connected? What innovations are connecting citizens to their transportation options and their cities overall? What role might connected vehicles play in a connected city? This webinar will address these and other critical questions as it introduces the ITS JPO’s Connected Cities Research Program and begins a dialogue with stakeholders about how we can best plan for connected cities’ future. The webinar follows the release of the ITS JPO white paper, The Smart/Connected City and Its Implications for Connected Transportation, which will provide a foundation for the discussion. 

Webinar: Speed Management for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

  • February 26, 2015

Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes, and according to NHTSA, is a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes. It is a cross-cutting safety issue that impacts safety areas such as Roadway departure, Intersection, and pedestrian/bicycle safety. As the first of a series of webinars on speed management for improving the safety of all roadway users offered by FHWA, together with the member agencies of USDOT Speed Management Team, this webinar will highlight case studies and examples related to managing speed to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

Webinar: Safe Routes to School activities in support of Ladders of Opportunity - MPO and State program approaches

  • February 25, 2015

Under the direction of Secretary Foxx, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is focusing more attention on equity in transportation. Access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation is central to the U.S. DOT agenda, and a key factor in creating ladders of opportunity for disadvantaged communities.

Safe Routes to School programs have demonstrated success in reaching disadvantaged communities, both under the previous SAFETEA-LU transportation legislation (Safe Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users) and the current MAP-21 legislation (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act). This webinar will discuss why effective transportation in disadvantaged communities is important to the U.S. DOT, and highlight key aspects of the Safe Routes to School program that may differ from typical federal transportation programs. Representatives from State Departments of Transportation and a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will describe program measures that support equitable distribution of safe routes funding, and highlight successful projects in low resource communities that improved access to schools and other essential community services.  

Presenters:

Wesley Blount, FHWA Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, Federal Highway Administration.
Mr. Blount will provide an overview of the U.S. DOT perspective and expectations relative to ladders of opportunity.

Seth LaJeunesse, Program Manager, National Center for Safe Routes to School.
Mr. LaJeunesse will review highlights from the Federal Safe Routes to School Program under SAFETEA-LU, including data collected on state progress in administering funds. He will introduce various strategies used by State programs and MPO’s to reach disadvantaged communities.

Cookie Leffler, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Ms. Leffler will describe measures used by the Mississippi DOT to support disadvantaged communities during the SRTS funding application process and post-project award, and will highlight a successful project in Central Mississippi.

Julie Walcoff, Bicycle Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation. 
Ms. Walcoff will describe Ohio’s school travel planning and project selection process, and highlight a successful project benefiting a low resource community in central Ohio.

Bill Swiatek, Senior Planner, Wilmington Area Planning Council, Delaware.
Mr. Swiatek will describe a community planning initiative to improve safety and access to key destinations in an Environmental Justice neighborhood in northern Delaware, including a successful safe routes to school program that also benefits residents.

Webinar: What's Happening in Health Care?

  • February 20, 2015

Walking is one of the healthiest activities you can take up, so this Webinar showcases two exciting programs from the health care industry. David Pauer of the Cleveland Clinic will describe how doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are modeling healthy behavior through the clinic's employee wellness program, while Jennifer MacDougall will present Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation’s strategies to increase physical activity, with a strong focus on use of parks and trails for walking.

Webinar: Bicycle Safety and Countermeasure Selection

  • February 19, 2015

Free webinar on bicycle safety and countermeasure selection

CHAPEL HILL, NC —  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is pleased to announce a new webinar on the updated Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System.

Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (BIKESAFE) Webinar
Thursday, February 19, 2015
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  


FHWA recently completed its update to the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, commonly known as BIKESAFE, to reflect the latest research and best practices surrounding designs for bicycle safety.

This free webinar highlights many of BIKESAFE's newest features and innovative countermeasures. Presenters will discuss how practitioners can use BIKESAFE to analyze crashes and implement new treatments as well as how to identify options to improve bicycle safety. Furthermore, presenters will discuss many of the 46 proven engineering countermeasures detailed within BIKESAFE and how communities have successfully implemented them.

Finally, presenters will briefly touch on BIKESAFE's pedestrian counterpart, the Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System.

Presenters include:

  • Tamara Redmon, FHWA Office of Safety
  • Carl Sundstrom, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
  • Dan Nabors, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
  • Peter Lagerwey, Toole Design Group

To access BIKESAFE or PEDSAFE, go to: http://www.pedbikesafe.org/

Webinar: Every Kid Healthy Week 2015

  • February 17, 2015

Action for Healthy Kids is proud to work with schools nationwide to promote Every Kid Healthy™ – a national movement to make all schools healthier places. Every Kid Healthy is focused on the nation’s problem of childhood obesity as well as its solutions: sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting school programs.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
2:00 -3:00 PM ET

Action for Healthy Kids recognizes Every Kid Healthy Week during the last week of April (April 19-25, 2015). During the observance and throughout the month of April, we will work with schools across the country to host Every Kid Healthy events to make sustainable changes that encourage students to eat better and be active every day.

Join this webinar to get additional information and resources to host your Every Kid Healthy Week event!

2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play

  • February 15, 2015 to February 18, 2015

The 2015 conference will feature five tracks: Education, Programming, Park and Recreation, Health, Business/Corporate. Conference attendees will also learn from renowned keynote speakers, Dr. Peter Gray and Dr. Kevin Ross Emery. The two and a half day event will provide numerous opportunities to play, network, and collaborate. It is a gathering not to be missed!

Attendees of the annual conference come from diverse fields including park and recreation professionals, educators, researchers, health scientists, landscape architects, business leaders, psychologists, parents, physicians, and many more.

3rd Annual JAM World Record

  • February 12, 2015

On Thursday, February 12th, schools across the world will pause and take Just-A-Minute (JAM) for a fitness break at 10am local time.

Webinar: A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking

  • February 10, 2015

The Federal Highway Administration just released “A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling,” a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort. This webinar offers an overview of the guide and will review how two communities used the principles outlined within it to make their communities more walkable and bikeable.

Tamara Redmon, with FHWA’s Office of Safety, will introduce the guide and discuss how it fits within the US Department of Transportation’s Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative.

Laura Sandt, with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, will discuss the content of the new guide and how residents can use it, including how to identify, document, and communicate pedestrian and bicycle safety concerns; engage with a variety of groups and individuals to make improvements; explore various ways in which community members can be involved in implementing programs and changes; gain inspiration and ideas from more than a dozen success stories of other communities; and find additional resources, including tip sheets and sample materials.

Eva Garcia and Ramiro Gonzalez, with the City of Brownsville, Texas, will discuss how, through policies, programming, and new bike/ped facilities, Brownsville, a fast-growing city located on the Texas and Mexico Border with a rich cultural heritage and high poverty rates, and its partners have worked diligently to transform transportation and health within the community.

John Paul Shaffer will discuss Livable Memphis’s successes and lessons learned in advocating for and planning safer streets for bicycling and walking. Livable Memphis has used the principles of the Resident’s Guide to further its work around improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, increasing access to transit, and promoting Complete Streets in the Memphis region.

The guide is available for download at http://1.usa.gov/1uVrLqo.

Grant Application Deadline: Presidential Youth Fitness Program

  • February 9, 2015

Get on the fast track to a fit school. Apply to receive the supplemental resources of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

Applications for the Round 3 funding opportunity will be accepted online from Jan. 1 through Feb. 9, 2015.

Apply Now »

What Is the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding Opportunity?

A generous donation of $10 million from the General Mills Foundation (the largest donation in the foundation’s history) has been committed over six years to help implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program in schools nationwide.

This is a private funding program administered by the AAU, SHAPE America, NFFSN, and The Cooper Institute®, co-sponsors of the PYFP. This is not a government grant program. The availability and administration of this funding opportunity, including the selection of recipients and all other decisions of the funding program, are not endorsed by any federal agency or office. No federal funds are being used in or for the administration or awarding of this private funding opportunity.

Find out if your school is eligible »

What Does the Funding Cover?

The funding will provide eligible schools with select supplemental resources to support the program’s implementation for three years.

Year 1

  • Virtual training and supporting texts: $369
  • Software, FITNESSGRAM® manual, test cadences, tech support, and web hosting: $598 ($399 annual cost + $199 setup)
  • Presidential Youth Fitness Award emblems and certificates for students in grades 4–12 and PYFP Fitness Club certificates and class poster for students in grades K–3: $475

Year 1 total: $1,442 (value for a school of 500 students with two physical educators)

Year 2

  • Virtual training and access to a professional learning community: $178
  • Software, tech support, and web hosting: $149 (annual cost)
  • Presidential Youth Fitness Award emblems and certificates for students in grades 4–12 and PYFP Fitness Club certificates and class poster for students in grades K–3: $475

Year 2 total: $802

Year 3

  • Sustainability webinar and access to a professional learning community: $60
  • Software, tech support, and web hosting: $149 (annual cost)
  • Various recognition items: $100

Year 3 total: $309

Cost to Continue PYFP

  • Professional development: variable
  • Software, tech support, and web hosting: $149 (annual cost)
  • Recognition items: variable

Schools that are selected to receive funding will not receive a check to purchase materials or supplies. Resources will be sent directly to the school from the suppliers. Prices are subject to change.

Calculate how much it will cost to bring PYFP to your school.

What Do Funded Schools Receive?

Professional Development for Physical Educators

  • Access to the Success with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program virtual training package
  • Supporting texts
  • Access to a professional learning community
  • Guidance to help secure long-term support for the program
  • Other web-based resources to facilitate successful implementation

Assessment

  • FITNESSGRAM® 10 software site license and tech support (view software requirements below). This provides for web-hosted software accessed via the Internet. No software will be mailed to a school to install locally on a computer.
  • Annual access to the FITNESSGRAM® e-manual
  • Test administration videos
  • Cadences for the pacer, push-up, and curl-up tests
  • Annual, secure web hosting of student information and FITNESSGRAM® data by The Cooper Institute®
  • Ability to print or email student FITNESSGRAM® reports
  • Brockport Physical Fitness Test Manual (eBook version) and access to videos (as requested, generally for use with students with disabilities)
Software Requirements
  • Firefox 2 or 3. (Software does not support Safari, IE10, or Google Chrome.)
  • Connectivity, school use: T1 or fiber optic lines. We highly recommend a fast, secure, and stable connection. Otherwise, the user experience will not be optimal. 
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 768.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or above: For FITNESSGRAM® reports (generated as PDFs). If you’re using Windows VISTA OS, you’ll need Adobe Reader 9.

Recognition

Schools will receive a quantity of Presidential Youth Fitness Awards to recognize students who achieved the Healthy Fitness Zone® standard in at least five test categories of the FITNESSGRAM® assessment.

Data indicates that 40 percent (or less) of students achieve the Healthy Fitness Zone® on five or more events. Keep the extras for next year!

What Does the Funding Not Cover?

Information Technology Staff

The funding does not cover staff time required by the school IT department to set up software in Year 1 (2015–2016). Their support is highly encouraged and can lessen time needed to enter student data.

Additional Instructional Materials

The funding does not cover purchase of instructional materials used to conduct the various tests in the FITNESSGRAM® assessment, such as gym mats, cones, scales, a CD player, a stopwatch, a whistle, calipers, masking or athletic tape, and a sit-and-reach box. What is needed depends on the tests administered and preference of the educator.

Substitute Teachers

The funding does not cover costs for substitute teachers while your physical education teacher participates in professional development. Total training time to participate in the virtual course and sustainability webinar offered over the three-year funding period is about eleven hours.

Project or Grant Manager

 

Webinar: Elected Officials Walk the Walk

  • February 5, 2015

Based on America Walks' recently published case studies, this Webinar will feature Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and two other local elected officials who have used their political power to advance walking and walkability. Specific success stories include reducing neighborhood speed limits and inspiring citizens to start exercising and lose a combined one million pounds. To read the original case studies, please visit www.americawalks.org.

Canada's "Winter Walk Day"

  • February 4, 2015

IT'S WINTER! DON'T HIBERNATE — WALK TO SCHOOL AND CELEBRATE

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 is Winter Walk Day across Canada.

Walk to school or at school for daily physical activity, a healthier environment, safer streets, making friends and ... having fun!

Can’t walk to school? Hold a Winter Walk Day during school. Walk to the local skating rink for a skate or hold a Winter carnival in the school yard at lunch.

TIPS FOR DRESSING FOR WINTER WALKING

  • Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat los
  • On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind
  • Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen
  • If possible, change wet clothes at school – tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into knapsacks
  • Below -25oC is considered too cold for walking so move your walk in-doors or select another day for outdoor activities or walking to school

“Everyone in our school tries to walk for a healthy body and safer streets. I like walking to school with my friends because we could talk. Walking is way better than riding in a car because walking is more fun than getting a ride.” - Student at Morton Way Public School , Brampton , Ontario

Schools can share their Winter Walk Day experiences on Twitter using hashtag #walktoschool

Webinar: Smart Snacks

  • February 2, 2015

The Smart Snacks Overview webinar, facilitated by the Stephanie Simms, School Nutrition Policy Fellow at National PTA, will inform state and local leaders on successfully implementing the Smart Snack guidelines. Stephanie will provide examples of success that PTAs have had with the Smart Snacks guidelines such as switching from candy bar sales to 5K races and other profit doubling activities and programs.

Stephanie will also discuss existing resources and information about future resources from National PTA and other organizations regarding the new Smart Snacks' guidelines.

Nominations Due - President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

  • February 1, 2015

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is currently seeking nominations for individuals who provide, enhance, or greatly contribute to the advancement of physical activity, sports, or nutrition. PCFSN is looking for 50 individuals who engage in these activities within a community to award the Community Leadership Award, and five individuals who have made a career out of their passion for physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Deadline: Green Schools Match

  • January 30, 2015

Does your school have an environmental club and need to raise funds? Right now, the crowd-sourcing site www.ioby.org is offering an opportunity to MATCH any fundraising - up to $500 - towards a Green Schools project! Don't forget that many SRTS initiatives help reduce air pollution with walking school buses, bicycle trains, anti-idling campaigns, or car pooling programs! Applications are due January 30th!

Grant Application Deadline: PeopleForBikes

  • January 30, 2015

Are you looking for funding to improve your built environment for cycling?

PeopleForBikes offers infrastructure grants to fund:

  • Bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges
  • Mountain bike facilities
  • Bike parks and pump tracks
  • BMX facilities
  • End-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, and bike storage

PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. This means that if your school does not have a 401(c)3 status, please contact a local non-profit or your city/county municipality to apply with you.

Your letter of interest is due January 30th

Pickens County Health Assessment Meeting

  • January 29, 2015

One of the areas that we as DHEC are interested in is assisting communities across the state to develop community health improvement plans.   A core group of individuals in Pickens County have been meeting for a few months to discuss the opportunity to complete a county-wide health assessment.  Community members are invited to a meeting at the former BJ Skelton building at the School District of Pickens County on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 from 10 am until 11:30 am to hear more about this project.  The address is 1400 Griffin Mill Rd.  Please park inside the chain link fence parking area and enter at the front of the building.  

If your organization has recently (within the past 3-5 years or more recently) completed an assessment that is in some way related to health, it would be great if you could share a brief overview of the findings (3-5 minutes).  

Webinar: Using the Get In The Action Volunteer Center

  • January 29, 2015

In the cafeteria, in the classroom and on the playground, volunteers are rolling up their sleeves to build healthy school environments, but how do you get more volunteers involved and manage them efficiently? During the webinar, we will walk you through the easy and intuitive process of using AFHK’s Get In The Action Volunteer Center, share the free resources to help your health and wellness initiatives and answer any questions you may have about volunteers and your school wellness events. At the end of the webinar you will be ready to take full advantage of this dynamic technology for your volunteer needs. This webinar will be archived for those unable to attend the live session. You will receive information about future sessions from Action for Healthy Kids.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

2:00pm-3:00pm ET

SRTS Safety Assessment - Saluda Trail Middle

  • January 27, 2015

Saluda Trail Middle School has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Tuesday, January 27th at 2:45pm.

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

  • Assessing the current infrastructure
  • Identifying potential recommendations for improvement
  • Observing school dismissal and student behaviors

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Start Time: 2:45pm

Location: Saluda Trail Middle

2300 Saluda Road, Rock Hill

Webinar: The Innovative DOT, 2015 - An updated handbook for transportation officials

  • January 27, 2015

Transportation agencies around the country maintain ambitious goals of improving safety, alleviating congestion, improving system reliability, accelerating project delivery, preserving valuable assets, enhancing economic opportunities, reducing environmental impacts, and helping to create healthier, more livable neighborhoods. Meeting these goals at a time when resources are increasingly limited is causing many agencies to take innovative approaches that fit the unique demands of their states and provide greater benefits at less cost. SSTI and Smart Growth America continue to track these strategies, which are outlined in an updated version of The Innovative DOT handbook, scheduled for release in January, 2015.

Panelists Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin, Deputy Commissioner/Chief of Environment & Planning at the Tennessee DOT; Billy Fields, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas State University, and Chris Spahr, SSTI Project Assistant, will highlight updated content and demonstrate how transportation professionals have applied the manual since its original release in 2012. Updates include new case studies from around the country and more detailed approaches to project selection and improving options for mobility and access.

Webinar: Understanding Childhood Obesity through the Lens of Health Equity and Justice

  • January 27, 2015

Despite signs that the national childhood obesity rate may be leveling off, many of our most vulnerable youth--including African-American, Latino, American Indian, Asian & Pacific Islander American, rural, and low-income children and teens--remain disproportionally impacted by the epidemic. These health disparities show that where we live matters and that too many families still lack access to affordable, nutritious foods and safe opportunities to be active.

 

Featured speakers include:

  • Maya RockeymoorePhDDirector, Leadership for Healthy Communities
  • Shavon Arline-BradleyMPHExecutive Vice-President, Strategic Planning & Partnerships, NAACP
  • Kathy Ko ChinMSPresident and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
  • Steven Lopez, MPP/MPHProgram Manager, Health Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
  • Olivia RoanhorseMPHDirector, Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, Notah Begay III Foundation

Green Schools Match Webinar

  • January 24, 2015

ioby is an online, crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighbor-funded projects. With support from Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, ioby will double any funds raised for a “Green Schools” project.

 

Want some inspiration on starting a green project in your school? Check out the ioby Green Schools Guide, 5 Projects Any School Can Do to Make Environmental Learning Part of the Curriculum and Life in 5 Easy Steps, with contributions from ioby Leaders Molly Culver, Sashti Balasundaram, Jared Cole, Colleen Kirk and Stacey Ornstein. You can read it and download the guide by clicking here.

 

Want to learn more? Join us for an informational webinar:

  • Saturday, January 24 at 12:00-12:30pm EST (register here)

 

Remember – SRTS initiatives are often “green initiatives” and can help reduce air pollution around your school! Project ideas may include:

  • Walking School Buses
  • Bicycle Trains
  • Anti-Idling or Car Pooling programs

BUILD Health Challenge Community Collaboration Grant Application Deadline

  • January 16, 2015

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the BUILD Health Challenge will give two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. In addition to grants, awardees will have access to a broad range of support services, including technical assistance, coaching and access to networks of population health innovators. The BUILD Health Challenge invites collaborative proposals that will identify, highlight, and advance new models for improving community health and health equity. The Challenge aims to identify and share the most promising innovations and best practices with the rest of the country. Planning grants: up to $75,000 for a one-year duration. Implementation grants: up to $250,000 for a two-year duration.

Linking Our Futures: Shaping a Transit Ready Corridor between Greenville and Spartanburg Counties

  • January 15, 2015

The future of land development, transportation choices and active living opportunities along the 33-mile stretch of Highway 29 between Greenville and Spartanburg will be the focus of a 2-day workshop led by the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI). The public is invited for a presentation of the ULI consultants’ preliminary recommendations at 5:30pm at Greer City Hall (301 E Poinsett Street, Greer).

 

ULI experts from North and South Carolina will assess opportunities for, and identify barriers to, expanded transportation and housing options along Highway 29. The ULI team will include experts from various sectors, including banking, real estate, commercial development, planning, and public transportation, brought to the Upstate by Upstate Forever, the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, John I. Smith Charities, and the Mary Black Foundation. The study and resulting recommendations will complement transportation improvements already planned along Highway 29 by the SCDOT and local transportation agencies. Those projects, which include signal synchronization and construction of park and ride lots, are part of an ongoing effort to cost-effectively alleviate congestion on Interstate 85 by improving the functionality of Highway 29 as an alternative for local traffic and public transit. For additional information about the workshop contact Shelley Robbins (864) 327-0090, ext. 104 (office) or srobbins@upstat​eforever.org.

 

The workshop is the first event in Upstate Forever’s 2015 Active Living Event Series, based in Spartanburg County and sponsored by the Mary Black Foundation. The Series is designed to encourage community dialogue about policies and infrastructure that promote active, healthy communities. For more information on the 2015 Active Living Event Series, contact Sherry Barrett at sbarrett@upstat​eforever.org or (864) 327-0090, or visit upstateforever.​org/active-livi​ng-event-series​/.

Linking Our Futures: Shaping a Transit Ready Corridor between Greenville and Spartanburg Counties

  • January 14, 2015

The future of land development, transportation choices and active living opportunities along the 33-mile stretch of Highway 29 between Greenville and Spartanburg will be the focus of a 2-day workshop led by the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI). The public is invited to attend this drop-in input session from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Greer City Hall (301 E Poinsett Street, Greer).

ULI experts from North and South Carolina will assess opportunities for, and identify barriers to, expanded transportation and housing options along Highway 29. The ULI team will include experts from various sectors, including banking, real estate, commercial development, planning, and public transportation, brought to the Upstate by Upstate Forever, the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, John I. Smith Charities, and the Mary Black Foundation. The study and resulting recommendations will complement transportation improvements already planned along Highway 29 by the SCDOT and local transportation agencies. Those projects, which include signal synchronization and construction of park and ride lots, are part of an ongoing effort to cost-effectively alleviate congestion on Interstate 85 by improving the functionality of Highway 29 as an alternative for local traffic and public transit. For additional information about the workshop contact Shelley Robbins (864) 327-0090, ext. 104 (office) or srobbins@upstateforever.org.

The workshop is the first event in Upstate Forever’s 2015 Active Living Event Series, based in Spartanburg County and sponsored by the Mary Black Foundation. The Series is designed to encourage community dialogue about policies and infrastructure that promote active, healthy communities. For more information on the 2015 Active Living Event Series, contact Sherry Barrett at sbarrett@upstateforever.org or (864) 327-0090, or visit upstateforever.org/active-living-event-series/.

Webinar: How to Add More Activity into the School Day

  • January 14, 2015

Experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.  There are many opportunities for physical activity during the school day.  How can parents help promote and support more movement in the classroom, on the playground and beyond? Join Action for Healthy Kids and special presenter, Let's Move Active Schools, for ideas! 

This webinar will provide talking points, ideas and resources for parents to promote and support:

  • More effective recess

  • Fitness breaks at school

  • Before and after school activities

  • Walking and biking to school

  • Physical activity for middle and high school students

 

Webinar: Implementing Complete Streets Public Awareness Campaigns

  • January 13, 2015

One of the goals of the NYS Prevention Agenda is to promote attention to the health implications of policies and actions that occur outside of the health sector, including transportation and public safety. Complete streets policies create safer and smarter multi-modal transportation networks for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. Complete streets policies are ultimately geared towards promoting healthy lifestyles. Learn how two New York communities have used public awareness campaigns to encourage their residents to use walking and biking facilities or trail networks that have been established as a result of complete streets projects.

 

Learning Objectives: After this program participants will be able to

  • Describe two public awareness campaigns to encourage use of complete streets projects.
  • Identify different ways campaign messages can be delivered to the public.
  • Explain how these campaigns help the public to advocate for more improvements.

Application Deadline: Free Technical Assistance

  • January 9, 2015

Is your community working to become more livable and sustainable? Are you running into barriers in achieving these goals? Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that you can now apply for free technical assistance (through January 9, 2015) to address these challenges. The technical assistance is offered through a partnership with Livability Solutions, and thanks to a grant from the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities’ Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. Livability Solutions partners, which include the nation’s leading experts in creating sustainable communities, will lead one- and two-day targeted workshops in communities around the U.S. Communities will learn how to use one of our tools or workshop approaches, such as walkability audits, green infrastructure valuation guides, shared use agreements, and community image surveys, that can help achieve goals of enhancing livability, creating lasting economic and environmental improvements, and improving residents’ public and social health. A short report will be prepared for each community following the technical assistance. Eight to ten communities will be selected to receive technical assistance this year.

Webinar: How communities are paying for maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian facilities

  • December 16, 2014

Maintenance is an important part of a safe and efficient transportation system. When constructing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure it is important to understand the maintenance costs of those investments and maintenance practices that will make them safe and comfortable. Join this webinar to learn about how cities and states maintain bicycle and pedestrian facilities and how those efforts are paid for.

Webinar: Safe Routes to School as a Tool to Address Chronic Absenteeism

  • December 15, 2014

What is the relationship between student transportation and attendance? The National Partnership is teaming up with Attendance Works to explore how we can help students get to school every day. This webinar will discuss how transportation can be a barrier to school attendance and highlight Safe Routes to School as a resource to help communities address chronic absenteeism. Panelists will share community based solutions, best practices, and opportunities to partner with organizations and groups that can be allies in ensuring students have access to safe and reliable transportation to school.

Webinar: Complete Streets in the South

  • December 9, 2014

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership will host their first Southern forum webinar, “Complete Streets in the South,” on December 9, 2014 from 2 – 3 PM ET. The webinar will explore the process used to create Complete Streets in a variety of southern settings.

Case studies include:

  • Efforts underway in a rural Kentucky county that is laying the groundwork for Complete Streets implementation at the local level.
  • The story behind the city of Memphis, TN, passing the 500th Complete Streets policy in 2013. With a population of over 650,000 people, Memphis is the largest city in the state of Tennessee and was named twice by Bicycling Magazine as one of America’s worst cities for bicycling. Citizens, planners, and engineers worked together to craft the award-winning policy, and are now working on implementation.
  • A collaborative project in urban Broward County, FL, where many organizations are working together to implement a county-wide Complete Streets initiative.


Our panel of speakers will feature:

  • Beth Willett, Program Officer for the Built Environment, The Greater Clark Foundation, Clark County, Kentucky
  • John Paul Shaffer, Program Director, Livable Memphis
  • Anamarie Garces, Principal, Urban Health Solutions, Executive Director, Urban Health Partnerships, Broward County, Florida

SRTS Action Plan Meeting 4: Oakbrook Middle School

  • December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Meeting 4 is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Oakbrook Middle School. At this meeting, the team will review the DRAFT plan that has been developed based on input obtained at the previous three Action Plan meetings.

Also, please keep in mind:

1. The plan is still a draft! Input and feedback is needed before it’s final. Nothing is completely off the table.

2. The "School Champion" fields in the non-infrastructure recommendation tables are blank. These need to be filled in during Meeting 4 (to the best that it can be).

3. SCDOT has reviewed the recommendations and they are active members of the team. However, while these recommendations have been reviewed, and SCDOT has provided input, these are not formally approved recommendations and no funding has been identified for this project specifically.

4. Funding for projects like these may be available from SCDOT and other agencies in the future. This plan can be used to complete grant applications.

 

Webinar: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations

  • December 3, 2014

Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM PST

Instructor: Marc Schlossberg, University of Oregon

It’s time to rethink the street.  For too long we’ve been building streets as though they have one function—to move cars quickly. The reality is that streets can to do more than just move cars. They can move people on foot, on bikes, and on transit, often without hurting vehicular throughput and improving safety. They can be more than a way to get somewhere else. Good streets are good places, too – public places where people meet, sit and socialize, conduct business, wander about, play, and more.  This webinar will highlight findings from this new book, Rethinking Streets, that uses evidence from completed street projects from around the United States in order to help communities imagine alternative futures for their streets. The book does not show hypothetical street re-designs, but actual examples from typical communities to show how they did what they did and see what resulted from the change.

Key learning outcomes include:

1) to understand different framings for thinking about street purpose and design;

2) to become familiar with a range of outcomes resulting from completed street retrofit projects from around the country; and

3) to understand how to present those impacts to satisfy and engage engineering, planning, policy-maker, and general community member perspectives.

This seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit. IBPI applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each webinar. We will provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

 

Marc Schlossberg, PhD, is a Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) at the University of Oregon.  He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan in Urban Planning with a certificate in Transportation Logistics, a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University, and a degree in marketing from the University of Texas. His area of work focuses on re-designing communities for more active transportation (walking and biking) and using participatory mapping methods to catalyze community change.  He teaches courses in sustainable transportation, bicycle transportation, city design, and GIS, and also teaches a summer bicycle transportation study abroad course in Denmark and the Netherlands.   In 2014, he released the book, Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations (free download at: http://rethinkingstreets.com/) to help communities and professionals repurpose their streets based on the evidence and experience of others.  In 2009-10, Professor Schlossberg was awarded a Distinguished Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom where he focused on active travel to school issues. Prior to entering academia, Professor Schlossberg worked professionally in the nonprofit sector and served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji.

 

SRTS Action Plan Meeting 4: Palmetto Middle School

  • November 20, 2014

Meeting 4 is scheduled for Thursday, November 20th at 10:00am at the Anderson 1 District Office (801 N Hamilton Street, Williamston). At this meeting, the team will review the DRAFT plan that has been developed based on input obtained at the previous three Action Plan meetings.

 

Also, please keep in mind:

1. The plan is still a draft! Input and feedback is needed before it’s final. Nothing is completely off the table.

2. The "School Champion" fields in the non-infrastructure recommendation tables are blank. These need to be filled in during Meeting 4 (to the best that it can be).

3. SCDOT has reviewed the recommendations and they are active members of the team. However, while these recommendations have been reviewed, and SCDOT has provided input, these are not formally approved recommendations and no funding has been identified for this project specifically.

4. Funding for projects like these may be available from SCDOT and other agencies in the future. This plan can be used to complete grant applications.

 

2014 Rolling Bike Summit – Spartanburg

  • November 18, 2014

The first bike summit for South Carolina will consist of community socials that will be open to everyone. Each social will feature brief speakers and the introduction of our newly trained Safe Streets Ambassadors. Anyone interested in the bike and pedestrian advocacy movement in South Carolina are welcome to attend. The social events will be from 6:30-9:30 pm at each location of the rolling bike summit. Click on each city’s link to see venue details.

The Rolling Bike Summit will feature the Safe Streets Training Tour sessions led by Amy Johnson Ely (PCC) and Peter Wilborn (Bike Law) that will include S.C. bike law and safe biking and driving practices. The training will be for community members who have pre-registered as Safe Streets Ambassadors. Trained ambassadors will take the Safe Streets Curriculum to their community – presenting it for community groups like Boys & Girls Clubs, bike clubs, churches, and community centers. Locations and training session details will be given to registered participants.

Contact us with any questions. Contact us if your business would like to sponsor our statewide training tour. The sponsorship opportunities start at $250. Click here for more details.

Webinar: Leveraging Health for Active Transportation Funding

  • November 18, 2014

Advocates and agency staff have traditionally focused on using transportation dollars for biking and walking, but there's another set of funds out there from health agencies focused on reducing chronic diseases and obesity. In this webinar, learn about funding opportunities available from health agencies, how federal health dollars applicable for biking and walking are administered, and steps for collaboration among transportation and health advocates and agency staff.

Webinar: Practical approaches to youth engagement in Safe Routes to School

  • November 18, 2014

Safe Routes to School has enjoyed success in tens of thousands of elementary and middle schools across the country and has helped make walking and bicycling a safe and appealing way for kids to get to and from school. In many communities, programs have been in place long enough to see one generation of students “graduate” and move on to middle and even high school. For these older students, youth engagement strategies can help maintain enthusiasm and interest in safe routes to school, and the payoff may surprise you.

Youth engagement theory and application can be daunting, but this webinar will discuss practical application of youth engagement theories in school-based Safe Routes to School programs. Webinar presenters will provide the basics on youth engagement, highlight proven strategies and successful outcomes in applying youth engagement to safe routes activities, and then provide advice and lessons learned to help safe routes practitioners and youth educators get started.

Presenters

Mike Patza, Planner, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Nadji Kirby, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Montgomery County, Maryland DOT

Date: Tuesday, November 18

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

2014 Rolling Bike Summit – Greenville

  • November 17, 2014

The first bike summit for South Carolina will consist of community socials that will be open to everyone. Each social will feature brief speakers and the introduction of our newly trained Safe Streets Ambassadors. Anyone interested in the bike and pedestrian advocacy movement in South Carolina are welcome to attend. The social events will be from 6:30-9:30 pm at each location of the rolling bike summit. Click on each city’s link to see venue details.

The Rolling Bike Summit will feature the Safe Streets Training Tour sessions led by Amy Johnson Ely (PCC) and Peter Wilborn (Bike Law) that will include S.C. bike law and safe biking and driving practices. The training will be for community members who have pre-registered as Safe Streets Ambassadors. Trained ambassadors will take the Safe Streets Curriculum to their community – presenting it for community groups like Boys & Girls Clubs, bike clubs, churches, and community centers. Locations and training session details will be given to registered participants.

Contact us with any questions. Contact us if your business would like to sponsor our statewide training tour. The sponsorship opportunities start at $250. Click here for more details.

 

SC Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

  • November 17, 2014 to November 21, 2014

The South Carolina Safe Routes to SchoolResourceCenter is proud to sponsor South Carolina Crossing Guard Appreciation Week November 17th through November 21st, 2014.

Schools and communities are encouraged to use this week-long celebration to recognize the role that crossing guards play in helping keep our students safe as they walk and bicycle to school!

See below for a list of event ideas and resources to help with your Crossing Guard Appreciation Week efforts!

  • Nominate your crossing guard for the Outstanding Crossing Guard designation. A select group of crossing guards will be formally recognized by the SC Safe Routes to SchoolResourceCenter.
  • Have your students sign Thank You cards for your crossing guards. Click here to download a thank you card template for female crossing guards and a thank you card template for male crossing guards.
  • Feature your crossing guard(s) in your school’s newsletter or on the website.
  • Organize a “Meet and Greet” event for your families to get to know your crossing guard(s).
  • Invite your crossing guard to speak with classes about pedestrian safety. Print out the Crossing Guard Pocket Guide for your crossing guards.
  • Work with your school’s PTO or PTA to provide breakfast for the crossing guard.
  • Create a banner and hang it up at the crossing guard’s post before they arrive for work as a surprise!

Please contact your School Outreach Coordinator for assistance with planning a South Carolina Crossing Guard Appreciation Week event!

DEADLINE: Request for Agency to Host the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference

  • November 12, 2014

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is very pleased to invite prospective host agencies to apply to organize the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference, to be held sometime between August 2015 and March 2016.

 

In partnership with the NationalCenter for Safe Routes to School, we look forward to hosting the conference in a dynamic and walkable, bikeable location with strong Safe Routes to School and healthy communities initiatives that can be featured during the conference.

 

Being in the company of hundreds of people who share goals about advancing Safe Routes to School will foster new partnerships, ideas and projects. This synergy can be a real boost to local and state efforts, long after the conference is over. In addition, benefits of hosting the National Conference include:

  • Bring national recognition to the host organization and city as leaders in Safe Routes to School.
  • Provide a boost to the local economy as hundreds of attendees come to your town.
  • Build more state and local support for your Safe Routes to School, active transportation and healthy communities initiatives and strengthen ties with local stakeholders.
  • Engage the media in showcasing the importance of Safe Routes to School funding and programming in your city and state.
  • Participate in inspiring teambuilding and networking opportunities amongst participants from your city, state and across the nation.

 

The three-day, two-night National Conference will provide an opportunity for an intense training experience not otherwise available to people working on Safe Routes to School programs and policies.

 

The conference needs to accommodate possible pre- and post-conference activities – so the main conference would be held Tuesday through Thursday, with Monday and Friday set aside for the pre- and post-conference activities.

 

The link includes a list of roles and responsibilities for the conference host, along with instructions on how to apply. Completed applications are due on November 12, 2014 by 5pm EDT.

 

Questions about the application process can be submitted to margo@saferoutespartnership.org.

 

Webinar: Beyond SMART Goals and Static Logic Models

  • November 11, 2014

Are you striving to achieve “Collective Impact” in your effort to improve community health?  Are you wondering exactly what to do differently?

 This webinar focuses on upgrades to two commonly-used tools that have a deep history in evaluation practices that have focused on “isolated impact” hindering community teamwork, which makes Collective Impact both possible and powerful.
The requirements of grant programs have placed a heavy emphasis on logic models and SMART objectives that clearly link the actions of the funded programs to the desired long-term outcomes. There is a strong and growing awareness that these techniques, as they have been practiced, are inadequate to address the complex issues that are the focus of many grant programs.  If you have not yet read the SSIR Article, here is the link to “Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World.”  http://www.ssireview.org/up_for_debate/article/strategic_philanthropy

Improving Logic Models

Have you ever felt that typical Logic Models were a burdensome requirement of funders that were not actually valuable in helping you achieve results?
 We will focus on two important “upgrades” to Logic Models that allow coalitions to address complex issues and achieve success: Interactive, Zoomable Logic Models and Strategy Maps.  As government and philanthropic funders move towards supporting Collective Impact rather than isolated impact, they are starting to see the value of these improved techniques.

Smarter than SMART Goals

While the attributes that spell out SMART are valuable, the way SMART Goals or SMART Objectives are typically crafted can make them a barrier to successful Collective Impact.  They tend to focus on isolated or fragmented actions rather than see how their efforts can be part of a larger system of “mutually-reinforcing activities” that are needed to achieve progress. We will show a simple technique that allows many different organizations to use a SMART strategic framework that is the catalyst for alignment rather than fragmentation.

ESMMSC Upstate Advocacy Training

  • November 10, 2014

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina invites you to join us on our 2014 Regional Advocacy Training State Tour. Learn how to effectively get your message across to key decision makers about the issues that matter to you. The trainings are free and a light lunch will be provided. Learn about the importance of getting involved in making the changes you want to see in your community and the impact you can have in policy making decisions. All regional trainings will be held from 12:00-2:00 PM.

The interactive, skill-building training include:

  • Best practices to influence decision makers
  • Messaging and media
  • Using social media for advocacy
  • Talking points on the new Smart Snacks Guidelines

November 10th Upstate
Greer City Hall
301 East Poinsett St.
Greer, SC 29651

Contact Coleman@eatsmartmovemoresc.org for additional information

Webinar: U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Update

  • November 10, 2014

Tune in for a briefing on the latest developments in US federal transportation policy and legislation. This webinar is jointly presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Webinar: Implementing Complete Streets Projects Using New and Existing Funding

  • November 6, 2014

Presenters:
Nadine Lemmon, Albany Legislative Advocate, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Kristen Bennett, AICP, Consultant, Milwaukee Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator


Complete streets policies create safer and smarter multi-modal transportation networks for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. New and existing funding sources can be accessed to help communities make their complete streets projects become a reality. Learn how to take concrete steps that build momentum and a track record, while simultaneously helping the community become more competitive for state and federal funding opportunities. In New York, there are good examples of rural, suburban and urban municipalities that have successfully identified and acted on low-cost solutions to advance their complete streets policies and projects. For larger infrastructure projects, communities have a variety of local, state and federal funding options. Communities should be careful to consider the costs and benefits of these funding options, including the costs of grant-writing, the importance of community buy-in and the difficulties of administering a federal-aid project.

Learning Objectives: After this program participants will be able to

  • Describe different federal, state, and local new and existing funding sources.
  • Describe how to identify low-cost solutions to advance complete streets policies and projects.
  • Explain the costs and benefits of funding larger infrastructure projects.

ESMMSC York County Advocacy Training

  • November 5, 2014

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina invites you to join us on our 2014 Regional Advocacy Training State Tour. Learn how to effectively get your message across to key decision makers about the issues that matter to you. The trainings are free and a light lunch will be provided. Learn about the importance of getting involved in making the changes you want to see in your community and the impact you can have in policy making decisions. All regional trainings will be held from 12:00-2:00 PM.

The interactive, skill-building training include:

  • Best practices to influence decision maker
  • Messaging and medi
  • Using social media for advocacy
  • Talking points on the new Smart Snacks Guidelines

November 5th (York County and surrounding counties)
Fort Mill School District
2230 Deerfield Dr.
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Contact Coleman@eatsmartmovemoresc.org for additional information

VOTE - International Walk to School Day Photo Contest

  • November 3, 2014

International Walk to School Day Photo Contest 

 

The SC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) ResourceCenter is hosting a Photo Contest! We have already received entries from 90 schools across the state.

 

Voting is now open! The winner of our Facebook Photo Contest will receive a SRTS prize basket!

 

Voting will close at 5pm on Friday, November 7th and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 12th.

 

Voting Instructions:

There are two ways to cast your vote for your favorite International Walk to School Day photo:

1. "Like" your favorite photo in our Facebook photo album.

OR

2. Send an email to PhotoContest@SCsaferoutes.org and include your vote in the subject live of the email. Votes must include the school name.

  

The picture with the most "Likes" and email votes at 5pm on Friday, November 7th will be declared the winner. 

IWalk Photo Contest Submissions Due

  • October 31, 2014

International Walk to School Day Photo Contest

The SC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) ResourceCenter is hosting a Photo Contest for your I-Walk events! Submit your photo by sending it to your local SOC by Friday, October 31st.

Voting will open on Monday, November 3rd! The winner of our Facebook Photo Contest will receive a SRTS gift basket to be used for on-going SRTS events.

The winning photo will also be featured on the SC SRTS Resource Center Facebook page!

 

Next Steps:

1. Register your I-Walk event at www.walkbiketoschool.org

2. Get your cameras out for your event! Send your best picture to your local SOC by Friday, October 31st.  

3. Vote for your favorite picture by "liking" it on our Facebook page on Monday, November 3rd. You can also email your vote to photocontest@scsaferoutes.org.

4. The picture with the most "Likes" and email votes at 5pm on Friday, November 7th will be declared the winner. The winning photo will be announced on Wednesday, November 12th.

Spartanburg Golden Shoe Award Application Deadline

  • October 31, 2014

October's International Walk to School Day was a huge success in Spartanburg County with 58 schools participating in the event, the highest participation rate for a county in our state.


Schools are encouraged to apply for the Chartwells Golden Shoe award with Partners for Active Living.  Evaluation criteria include parent, school, and community involvement, school activities incorporated into the event, and ability to use the event as a catalyst to establish sustainable physical activity programs in the school.


The application is now available and due on October 31, 2014 by 3pm. Winners will be announced in November. 

Webinar: Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities

  • October 30, 2014

The environment that we construct affects both humans and our natural world in myriad ways. There is a pressing need to create healthy places and to reduce the health threats inherent in places already built. However, there has been little awareness of the adverse effects of what we have constructed-or the positive benefits of well designed built environments.

Join SSF and the American Pubic Health Association on October 30th in a rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation between two of the thought leaders in public health and urban planning  and design --   UCLA Professor Richard Jackson co-author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health and co-editor of Making Healthy Places; and Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia and author of Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism  plus several other books on urban and environmental planning.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Pubic Health Association, which is co-producing the webinar.

Webinar: How to Create a Bicycle Safety Action Plan

  • October 30, 2014

This three-part webinar series explores the essentials of how to create a safer bicycling environment through facility planning and design. Well-planned, high-quality facilities are one of the cornerstones for creating a safe and inviting bicycle environment. Advocates, consultants, and governmental officials will find this webinar series beneficial.

This series is based on the 2012 AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, the 2013 NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, FHWA guidance, and current research.
This webinar will illustrate how the design of off-road facilities can improve bicycle safety. Attendees will learn the basics of pathway design including speed, width, clearance, grade, railings, and intersection/mid-block crossings.

Presenters for this series:

Bill Schultheiss, Vice President, Senior Engineer, Toole Design Group

Peter Lagerwey, Seattle Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group

Integrating Safe Routes to School into the Fabric of Your Community: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan

  • October 29, 2014

Integrating Safe Routes to School into the Fabric of Your Community: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

While much of the walking and bicycling to school movement focuses on the school itself, the local government has authority over many key matters—from the design of streets to the location of housing in relation to schools. In this webinar, learn how integrating Safe Routes to School considerations into comprehensive planning can help define the local government’s role in supporting safe walking and bicycling to school. Following an orientation on the “why” and “how” of addressing walking and bicycling to school in to comprehensive plans, representatives from two communities will discuss how integrating Safe Routes to School principals in their comprehensive plans  has impacted student transportation as well as walking and bicycling community-wide.

Presenters:

Sara Zimmerman, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Ritch Viola, Transportation Planning Section Supervisor, Arlington County, Virginia

Bill Belknap, Community Development Director, City of Moscow, Idaho

 

SRTS Safety Assessment - Orchard Park Elementary

  • October 29, 2014

Orchard Park Elementary has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Wednesday, October 29th at 1:30pm.

 

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

- Assessing the current infrastructure

- Identifying potential recommendations for improvement

- Observing school dismissal and student behaviors

 

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

 

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

 

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

 

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

 

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Start Time: 1:30pm

Location: Orchard Park Elementary

474 Third Baxter Street, Fort Mill

Webinar: Comprehensive Physical Activity Programs

  • October 28, 2014

Ready to make your school a hub for physical activity and physical education?  Join Action for Healthy Kids and Let's Move! Active Schools as they reveal the “secret sauce” to developing a school culture where physical education and physical activity are foundational to academic success. Schools can provide time for organized and free-time physical activity for youth through a multi-component approach, a Comprehensive School Physical Activity program, that includes physical education, physical activity during school (e.g. recess, physical activity breaks), before- and after-school programming, staff involvement and family and community engagement. Learn more about youth physical activity, comprehensive physical activity programs and how to implement one in your school!

 

Tuesday October 28, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 ET; 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:00 MT; Noon - 1:00 pm PT (60 minutes)

 

Powered by an unprecedented national collaboration, Let’s Move! Active Schools is the solution to ensure 60 minutes of physical activity is the new norm for your school. In this session, you will learn how Let’s Move! Active Schools:

  • Simplifies the selection of physical activity and physical education programs, initiatives and resources
  • Delivers a customized action plan that aligns with core competencies and national standards
  • Offers a robust library of resources, tools, curriculum, professional development and grant opportunities
  • Sets you up to be a change agent through the Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Learning System

Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in live Q&A session with the LMAS Team.

Webinar: Pedestrian Safety

  • October 28, 2014

Pedestrian Safety

 

About the Webinar:  
   

On average, 67,124 pedestrians under the age of 19 are injured every year in   the U.S. resulting in 704 deaths.[1] With Halloween -- the most dangerous day   of the year for child pedestrians [2] -- right around the corner, this   Children's Safety Network webinar will explore what drives these numbers and   what can be done to prevent pedestrian injuries. Heidi Coleman and Kristie   Johnson from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will describe   trends in pedestrian injuries and fatalities and discuss Safer People, Safer   Streets, the U.S. Department of Transportation's new action plan to enhance   pedestrian and bicycle safety. Participants will also hear from Holly   Sisneros of the California Department of Public Health's PedSafe program,   which aims to create walkable communities through training, education, and   outreach. Recognizing that pedestrians who text are nearly four times more   likely than undistracted pedestrians to display unsafe crossing behavior,[3]   PedSafe provides a number of tools and guides to raise awareness about and   prevent these injuries in your community.

 

Learning Objectives:

1.  Understand the burden of pedestrian injuries among   children and adolescents ages 0 through 19

2.  Learn about the U.S. Department of Transportation's   new action plan to prevent injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists

3.  Find out about PedSafe's tools for raising awareness   and creating a pedestrian safety initiative in your community.

 

 

 

 

SC Obesity Summit

  • October 27, 2014

11th Annual SC Obesity Summit

Monday, October 27, 2014

9am-4:30pm

Brookland Banquet and ConferenceCenter

West Columbia, SC

 

Keynote Speaker:

Audrey Rowe

Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service

US Department of Agriculture

 

Breakout Session topics include Smart Snacks and Physical Activity in Schools

The S.C. Obesity Summit will focus two breakout sessions on healthy eating/active living in the school setting. Of particular interest to South Carolina's school health advocates are the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines and physical activity in schools. Experts will provide attendees with first-hand accounts of successes in these two areas of focus. Early bird registration for the S.C. Obesity Summit ends October 13, so register today.

Smart Snacks:  An Easy A!
Do you need help establishing healthy in-school fundraisers? This breakout session will provide you with increased knowledge of the new guidelines, which were established for all foods sold in schools, including cafeterias, vending machines and school stores.

Dr. Joanne Avery, PhD, Deputy Superintendent of AndersonSchool District 4, will give insight into school wellness and the district’s school nutrition and healthy fundraising programs they have experienced success with over the past few years. Additional speakers include: 

  • Erica Boykin Ayers, MPH, CHES, School Health Coordinator at SCDHEC
  • Alana Bell, BSEd, MPH, Grants Administrator at LiveWell Greenville
  • Coleman Tanner, MPH, CHES, Community Coordinator at Eat Smart Move More SC 

     


Creating Physically Active Schools
An overview of comprehensive school physical activity will be provided with resources schools can use to create and sustain physically active schools. Examples of resources to be discussed are: Let's Move Active Schools, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Safe Routes to Schools and Community Use of Schools. Physical Education Teacher Suzanne Fay, Med, NBCT, will share Gray Court-Owings Elementary/Middle School experiences in creating a physically active school through the use of several resources. Additional speakers include:

  • Erica Boykin Ayers, MPH, CHES, School Health Coordinator at SCDHEC
  • Amy Splittgerber, MEd, Executive Director of the SC Alliance of YMCAs
  • Rodney Oldham, CHES, CPT, SC Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator

     

                     


Other Breakout Sessions:
Marketing Healthy Choices Through Let’sGo!: Learn about the Let’sGo! marketing campaign, the Let’s Go! strategies used by local coalitions and how to engage the media.

Addressing Obesity and Hunger Simultaneously: Two of South Carolina’s targeted counties will share ways that they have worked with increase food access in low income areas.
A Multi-Sectorial Approach to Obesity Prevention: Find out how Colleton County piloted Let'sGo! in childcare, schools, churches, worksites and the community at large, and hear about the results. 

Building True Partnerships with Youth Advocates: Discover how you can work with youth advocates to achieve success in healthy eating and active living. 

Wellness in Healthcare & Worksites: Beyond Theory, Into Practice: Learn real challenges and real successes from organizations implementing wellness strategies right here in South Carolina.

Advocating for Healthier Communities: Become empowered at the state and local level to speak up for HEAL issues. A panel of speakers will share examples of local successes in advocating healthier communities.

New Directions for Healthy Communities: Learn how you can create a built environment to support physical activity and about food hubs.

 Visit our website to see the agenda.

Remember, early bird registration ends October 13, so register today and save!

                 

Safe Routes to School Action Plan Meeting 3: Oakbrook Middle School

  • October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
 
A drafted list of the engineering recommendations and possible infrastructure improvements will then be presented at Meeting 3. We'll also use this time to refine the strategies for Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation. 
Meeting 3: Oakbrook Middle SRTS Action Plan
Where: Oakbrook Middle School
Ladson, SC
When: Thursday, October 30th
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

 

Safe Routes to School Action Plan Meeting 2: Oakbrook Middle School

  • October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The second planning meeting for Palmetto Middle School's SRTS Action Plan is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th at 1:30pm. At this meeting we'll take a closer look at the existing infrastructure surrounding Palmetto Middle.
Representatives from Toole Design Group will lead our team in:
  • An interactive mapping exercise
  • Observing student dismissal and discuss student drop-off procedures
  • A neighborhood safety audit walk
Meeting 2: Oakbrook Middle SRTS Action Plan
Where: Oakbrook Middle School
Ladson, SC
When: Tuesday, October 28th
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

 

 

SRTS Safety Assessment - Plain Elementary

  • October 21, 2014

The workshop will include:

- Assessing the current infrastructure

- Identifying potential recommendations for improvement

- Observing school dismissal and student behaviors

 

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

 

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

 

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

 

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

 

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Start Time: 1:30pm

Location: Plain Elementary

506 Neely Ferry Road, Simpsonville

Webinar: MAP-21 - Looking back, looking ahead

  • October 21, 2014

The current federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), expired on October 1, 2014. Join this webinar to learn about how MAP-21 was implemented for biking and walking, and what's next in the federal transportation landscape.

School Bus Safety Week

  • October 20, 2014 to October 24, 2014
Almost every student will ride in a school bus at least once this school year! Whether it’s to school, on a field trip or to an after school care program, it’s important to go over school bus safety!
National School Bus Safety Week is October 20-24. Here are some ideas to help celebrate:
  • Host a Poster Contest or Speech Contest. This year’s national contest theme is “Be Smart - Be Seen, I wait in a safe place”. Click here to download the guide with more information. Poster contest entries are due October 1st.
  • Watch school bus safety videos in class or play them on your morning announcements.
National School Bus Safety Week provides an opportunity to discuss getting to school safely with your students who ride the bus!
 

Outstanding Friend Presentation: North Charleston Police BIke Team

  • October 17, 2014

The presentation will be at North Charleston Elementary.

Safe Routes to School Action Plan Meeting 3: Palmetto Middle School

  • October 16, 2014
A drafted list of the engineering recommendations and possible infrastructure improvements will then be presented at Meeting 3. We'll also use this time to refine the strategies for Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation. 
Meeting 3: Plametto Middle SRTS Action Plan
Where: Palmetto Middle School
803 N. Hamilton Street
Williamston, SC 29697
When: Thursday, October 16th
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Webinar: How to Create a Bicycle Safety Action Plan

  • October 16, 2014

This three-part webinar series explores the essentials of how to create a safer bicycling environment through facility planning and design. Well-planned, high-quality facilities are one of the cornerstones for creating a safe and inviting bicycle environment. Advocates, consultants, and governmental officials will find this webinar series beneficial.

This series is based on the 2012 AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, the 2013 NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, FHWA guidance, and current research.

This webinar will describe how design of on-road facilities can improve bicycle safety. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of geometric design at intersections, other roadway design considerations (e.g. RR crossings, Bridges, tunnels), and signal timing and detection.

Presenters for this series:

Bill Schultheiss, Vice President, Senior Engineer, Toole Design Group

Peter Lagerwey, Seattle Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group

DHEC's Champions of the Environment Grant Deadline

  • October 15, 2014

DHEC's Champions of the Environment is an award program for environmental projects. Projects must make a difference within the community and create a lasting difference. Safe Routes to School is listed as a "recommended project idea" for Preventing or Reducing Pollution in the Air!

 

Schools can earn up to $2,000 to use for their project. Applications are due on October 15, 2014.

 

Click here to complete the application: 

http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/K12SchoolsStudentsTeachers/ContestsGrants/ChampionsoftheEnvironment/ApplicationForm//

Please let us know if you intend on applying! We can schedule a Walking School Bus Information Session for parents at your school!

Webinar: Partners for School Health

  • October 15, 2014

Texas Education Agency, Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Texas Dept. of Agriculture and Texas Action for Healthy Kids are once again joining together to bring you the most current information to help you promote a healthy school environment. Join us!

Wednesday October 15 9:00 - 11:30 AM CT

 

  • Updates on Food Fundraisers - Christine Little Manley, Texas Dept of Agriculture. 
    Confused about the new USDA policies and Texas policies? Bring your questions!
  • Recess – Anita Wheeler, Texas Dept of State Health Services
    How Important is it? Does your District have a Recess Policy? Has your SHAC reviewed and made recommendations on recess? 
  • Fitnessgram – Barney Fudge, Texas Education Agency - Updates on changes and improvements to the Fitnessgram process. 
  • SHACS – Michelle Smith, Texas Action for Healthy Kids - Learn about SHAC mandates, SHAC laws and how to engage parents. 

Safe Routes to School Action Plan Meeting 2: Palmetto Middle School

  • October 14, 2014
The second planning meeting for Palmetto Middle School's SRTS Action Plan is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th at 1:30pm. At this meeting we'll take a closer look at the existing infrastructure surrounding Palmetto Middle.
Representatives from Toole Design Group will lead our team in:
  • An interactive mapping exercise
  • Observing student dismissal and discuss student drop-off procedures
  • A neighborhood safety audit walk
Meeting 2: Palmetto Middle SRTS Action Plan
Where: Palmetto Middle School
803 N. Hamilton Street
Williamston, SC 29697
When: Tuesday, October 14th
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Team Healthy Kids Fitness Challenge

  • October 12, 2014

The Team Healthy Kids Fitness Challenge is a 22 day do-it-yourself event where you choose to bike, run, walk or swim a total of 22 miles from October 12th to November 2nd, 2014. How you reach 22 miles is completely up to you! Split it up into 1 mile per day or knock them out all in one.

Even if you can't reach the 22 mile goal we still encourage you to participate in your own way. Your efforts will help us make schools healthier places so kids can live healthier lives.

Why 22 Miles in 22 Days?

There are 22 days connecting the Chicago Marathon on October 12th and the NYC Marathon on November 2nd. Team Healthy Kids is running in each race, and the Fitness Challenge is a virtual event of running, walking, biking or swimming during these 22 days in support of healthy kids.  

How to join:

  • Sign up and create your own fundraising page or team page by clicking on the green button above.  Your friends can donate directly to your page!  Or, recruit them to join you too!
  • Participants who accept the challenge by creating a fundraising page will receive a free weekly training tips from Kopf Running. Participants that raise $100 will receive a high performance shirt.
  • Kickstart your page by making a $22 donation to show your support!
  • Challenge your friends!  Share your pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with #EveryKidHealthy.
  • The highest fundraiser and the participant with our favorite photo wins a prize. 

There’s an app for that! 

If you want to track every mile that you do, there are several great apps out there!  It can help you track your distance and can add total distance across several bouts of exercise.  Use an app and then update your total miles total on your fundraising page. Some of our favorite apps are:

Questions?

Email J.D. Beiting at jbeiting@actionforhealthykids.org

Upper Dorchester Safety Fair

  • October 11, 2014

Who: Upper Dorchester Residents Welcome!
What: Safety Fair featuring events and booths by Dorchester EMS, MUSC, SafeKids Trident Area, Because of BRAYDEN, SRTS, and others
When: 10am – 2pm
Where: Saint George Courthouse

International Walk to School Day

  • October 8, 2014

Celebrate International Walk to School Day with other schools in South Carolina and throughout the world!

SRTS Action Plan Meeting Three: LW Conder Elementary

  • October 8, 2014
 
A drafted list of the engineering recommendations and possible infrastructure improvements will then be presented at Meeting 3. We'll also use this time to refine the strategies for Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation. 
Meeting 3: LW Conder Elementary SRTS Action Plan
Where: LW Conder Elementary School
8040 Hunt Club Road
Columbia, SC 29223
 
When: Wednesday, October 8th
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

SRTS Action Plan Meeting Two: LW Conder Elementary

  • October 6, 2014
The second planning meeting for LW Conder Elementary School's SRTS Action Plan is scheduled for Monday, October 6th at 1:30pm. At this meeting we'll take a closer look at the existing infrastructure surrounding LW Conder Elementary.
Representatives from Toole Design Group will lead our team in:
  • An interactive mapping exercise
  • Observing student dismissal and discuss student drop-off procedures
  • A neighborhood safety audit walk
Meeting 2: LW Conder Elementary SRTS Action Plan
Where: LW Conder Elementary
8040 Hunt Club Road
Columbia, SC 29223
When: Monday, October 6th
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Webinar: How to Create a Bicycle Safety Action Plan

  • October 2, 2014

This three-part webinar series explores the essentials of how to create a safer bicycling environment through facility planning and design. Well-planned, high-quality facilities are one of the cornerstones for creating a safe and inviting bicycle environment. Advocates, consultants, and governmental officials will find this webinar series beneficial.

This series is based on the 2012 AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, the 2013 NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, FHWA guidance, and current research.

This webinar will explain how careful planning can contribute to bicycle safety. Attendees will learn techniques and approaches for crash data collection and analysis, developing a bicycle network, and selecting the right bicycle facility for the network considering bicyclists' characteristics.

Presenters for this series:

Bill Schultheiss, Vice President, Senior Engineer, Toole Design Group

Peter Lagerwey, Seattle Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group

National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest Entry Deadline

  • October 1, 2014

National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program is an excellent way for everyone - parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country have been observing a School Bus Safety Week - held during the third week in October each year. 

The centerpiece of National School Bus Safety Week is the National SBSW Poster Contest. Thousands of school districts in over 40 states participate in local and state-level competitions to select art work that depicts school bus safety-related themes and encourages and promotes school bus safety. The winning posters are used to promote safer school transportation for everyone.

Schools Network Midlands Regional Meeting

  • September 30, 2014

In 2013, Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina was asked to reconvene the Schools Network!  The Schools Network is designed to allow those who are working with issues regarding student health to share and learn from each other. There are many great things happening within our schools to improve the health our students, and we would like to provide an opportunity for you to share these initiatives on a statewide level.  It’s the goal of the Schools Network to provide a forum where school representatives can share, learn, compare, and help improve their efforts.

Please join Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina and its partners for the Midlands Regional Meeting of the Schools Network. Listen and learn from school representatives. Midlands region schools include those in the following counties: York, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield, Kershaw, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Lexington, Edgefield, Aiken, and Barnwell. Registration is free! Download the agenda. 

If you would like to provide an healthy eating, active living update on behalf of your school, district, organization, or coalition during the regional meeting, complete the organization update form and return it to trimease@eatsmartmovemoresc.<wbr />org by September 22.

SRTS Safety Assessment - India Hook Elementary

  • September 30, 2014

India Hook Elementary has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Tuesday, September 30th at 1:30pm.

 

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

- Assessing the current infrastructure

- Identifying potential recommendations for improvement

- Observing school dismissal and student behaviors

 

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

 

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

 

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

 

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

 

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Start Time: 1:30pm

Location: India Hook Elementary

2068 Yukon Drive, Rock Hill

Webinar: Share Use: Tools you can use!

  • September 29, 2014

September 29th at 1 pm Eastern

This webinar will highlight tools that can be used to advance shared use
practices, including the Joint Use Calculator, ChangeLab's Open Use Policy and
the National Partnership's Shared Use Clearinghouse. 

Hub City Color Run

  • September 27, 2014
Date:
09/27/2014
 
Time: 9:00AM

Where:

Milliken Research Park
920 Milliken Road
Spartanburg, SC29303

Event Director Info:
Kevin Brabham
Jesse Boyd Elementary School
1505 Fernwood Glendale Road
Spartanburg, SC29307
864-594-4430
email address

The Hub City Color Run is a fun untimed 5K where runners get colored powder tossed at them at various stages of the race.

 

Participants may walk, run, or jog the 5K and may stop at each coloring station or run right through them.

Entry fee includes a T-shirt and benefits Jesse Boyd Elementary School.

Webinar: Engaging Youth in Your Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Efforts

  • September 25, 2014

Engaging youth in Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) efforts can be a key method to help your city or county assess needs, design solutions, and introduce fresh perspective. In turn, helping youth become civically engaged can provide young people with an opportunity to understand and participate in government processes and policymaking, and build their interest and capacity. This webinar will provide attendees with tools and strategies for engaging youth when implementing activities to prevent childhood obesity in their community. Speakers will include: 

-Leon T. Andrews, Jr., Senior Fellow, National League of Cities 
-John Wilson, National Youth Engagement Advisor, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation 
-A Youth Ambassador, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation 

Learn more about LMCTC at www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org. Have questions about the webinar or LMCTC? Contact us at lmctc@nlc.org or call 202-626-3012.

AJ Whittenberg Elementary SRTS Safety Assessment

  • September 24, 2014

We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:

- Assessing the current infrastructure

- Identifying potential recommendations for improvement

- Observing school arrival and student behaviors

 

Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.

 

During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe arrival, student behaviors and driver behaviors.

 

Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:

  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
  • Parks and recreation: trail connectivity enhances recreation opportunities for students, and for communities as a whole

 

Information regarding this exercise is listed below:

 

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Start Time: 7:00am

Location: AJ Whittenberg Elementary

402 Westfield Street, Greenville

Discussion Forum: Streets - Our Most Valuable Public Space

  • September 24, 2014

Join us for this Discussion Forum: a follow-up to our webinar on re:Streets. San Francisco planner Ilaria Salvadori, The Bronx neighborhood activist Hetty Fox, and MIG, Inc. urban designer Mukul Malhotra will have an interactive discussion and answer your questions on ways to make streets work for everyone, all the time!  As you will discover, streets can become urban gardens, basketball arenas, and even childcare centers. Submit your questions with registration or ask them online during the webinar!

Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration.

Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships

  • September 23, 2014

As all levels of government face budget constraints many are looking to the private sector as a partner in new infrastructure investments. Public-Private Partnerships (P3) are seen as one solution to decreased federal, state, and local funds for transportation projects. While there are 7 currently operating P3 concessions in the US, according to FHWA, 12 more are currently under construction or in late contracting phases. Join this webinar to learn what P3 projects are, issues to watch for when they are proposed, and the experience of US 36 in Colorado, which includes a bikeway parallel to the highway.

Webinar: Creating a Fit Nation - Tips and Tools from the Authors of New York's Active Design Guidelines

  • September 22, 2014

New York City’s award-winning Active Design Guidelines, a product of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-sponsored program Fit Nation, offer examples and illustrations of design strategies that promote active living. Utilizing these guidelines for architecture, urban design, and planning can lead to increased active transportation, improved social cohesion, and a healthier population. The authors of the Active Design Guidelines will discuss its creation, share examples of its implementation, and offer suggestions for how you can begin to implement actions to promote health in your building, block, or neighborhood.

World Car Free Day

  • September 22, 2014

September 22nd is World Car Free Day. Celebrate by planning a Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day that week. Consider launching a Walking School Bus at your school in honor of Car Free Day!

Webinar: How to Access and Use Data for Planning Complete Streets Projects

  • September 19, 2014

Free, live webcast on September 19, 2014 
11:00am - 12:00pm

Presenters:
Tony Hull, Senior Planner
Toole Design Group

Michael Bauer, Section Chief
Epidemiology and Surveillance
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention

Rob Limoges, Director
Safety Program Management Bureau
New York State Department of Transportation

Complete streets policies can create safer and smarter multi-modal environments for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. The right kind of data can be an essential element to planning, implementing, and evaluating projects. This one-hour webinar will provide information on how to access and use national, state, county, and street-level data on motor vehicle traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian use, injuries, hospitalizations, and fatalities.

Learning Objectives: After this program participants will be able to

  • Explain how to access national, state, county, and street-level data on motor vehicle traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian use, injuries, hospitalizations, and fatalities.
  • Describe how to review and understand the data and make decisions about its use for supporting complete streets policy planning.
  • Provide examples of how data can be used for complete streets planning.

Safe Routes to School Action Plan Kickoff Meeting: Oakbrook Middle School

  • September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Oakbrook Middle School has been selected to receive Action Plan assistance from the SC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resource Center. This plan will focus on encouraging and enabling students to walk and bike to school at Oakbrook Middle.
 
What is an Action Plan?
An Action Plan is a vital component to establishing a sustainable SRTS program. The Action Plan is both a long term and short term comprehensive action-plan that will address the infrastructure surrounding the school, as well as safety education and physical activity programs within the school. Engineering, Evaluation, Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement issues and concerns will all be addressed in this plan.
 
Why develop an Action Plan?
Having an Action Plan on hand will help with scheduling SRTS activities into the school calendar, create a smooth and sustainable transition with any school management changes, and define an action plan that may be used for funding opportunities or grant applications.
 
What is my role?
Bringing together community members and school stakeholders is fundamental to creating a successful Action Plan. Community members provide local insight regarding the current conditions and often bring knowledge of existing community resources that are available to the school. It's important that an Action Plan is adopted by the entire community, and to foster a sense of "ownership" we encourage your participation in the development of this plan.
 
Oakbrook Middle School Action Plan Kick-Off Meeting
Where: Oakbrook Middle School
Ladson, SC
When:  Thursday, September 18th
Time:    4:30pm – 6:00pm

Deadline: Subway Fit for Life Challenge

  • September 17, 2014

Subway is encouraging elementary and middle school students to be physically active and eat healthy for two weeks during the month of October with their Fit for Life Challenge. Teachers who register their classrooms to participate by September 17th will receive free materials including a classroom tracking poster and individual tracking cards for each student! Remember, walking and biking to school definitely count at physical activities to log on your trackers! Click here to register your classes now!

Webinar: Streets - Our Most Valuable Public Space

  • September 17, 2014
1x1.gif Join the first of a two-part program on re:Streets where City of San Francisco planner Ilaria Salvadori, The Bronx neighborhood activist Hetty Fox, and MIG, Inc. urban designer Mukul Malhotra will talk about ways to make streets work for everyone, all the time!  As you will discover, streets can become urban gardens, basketball arenas, and even childcare centers.

Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration.

National Child Passenger Safety Week

  • September 14, 2014 to September 20, 2014

National Child Passenger Safety Week occurs September 14 - September 20, 2014.

This observance provides an opportunity to educate students and parents on car rider safety.

Did you know:

  • The passenger side air bag deploys at over 200 mph
  • Children under 13 should ride in the back seat
  • Best practices indicate that children under 4'9" and 80 pounds should ride in a booster seat
  • Average traffic tickets for improper child safety restraints are around $330

Webinar: US Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

  • September 10, 2014

This free, hour-long webinar will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 1:00 pm EDT.

At a Congressional Briefing in April, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), in collaboration with ACSM, released the groundbreaking 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The National Physical Activity Plan focuses on tactics and strategies for addressing physical activity. The report card is the first in a historic series of report cards that will provide an unprecedented benchmark using a common methodology on this critical public health issue.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1:00 pm Eastern time

Register now!

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2014 Conference: SC SRTS Breakout Session

  • September 9, 2014
Title: Walk to School Day Events: Growing Participation with a Multi-School Approach
Track: Change
Format: Peer:Peer Problem Solving
Abstract: In 2012 and 2013, South Carolina had the highest rate of participation in the U.S. for International Walk to School Day (IWalk). Learn about how to make your Walk to School Day events a success.
Presenters:
Schedule:
  • Tuesday 9/9 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Breakout Rooms, 305

SRTS Action Plan Kick Off Meeting: LW Conder Elementary

  • September 8, 2014
L.W. Conder Elementary School has been selected to receive Action Plan assistance from the SC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resource Center. This plan will focus on encouraging and enabling students to walk and bike to school at LW Conder Elementary.
 
What is an Action Plan?
An Action Plan is a vital component to establishing a sustainable SRTS program. The Action Plan is both a long term and short term comprehensive action-plan that will address the infrastructure surrounding the school, as well as safety education and physical activity programs within the school. Engineering, Evaluation, Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement issues and concerns will all be addressed in this plan.
 
Why develop an Action Plan?
Having an Action Plan on hand will help with scheduling SRTS activities into the school calendar, create a smooth and sustainable transition with any school management changes, and define an action plan that may be used for funding opportunities or grant applications.
 
What is my role?
Bringing together community members and school stakeholders is fundamental to creating a successful Action Plan. Community members provide local insight regarding the current conditions and often bring knowledge of existing community resources that are available to the school. It's important that an Action Plan is adopted by the entire community, and to foster a sense of "ownership" we encourage your participation in the development of this plan.
 
L.W. Conder Elementary School Action Plan Kick-Off Meeting
Where: L.W. Conder Elementary
8040 Hunt Club Road
Columbia, SC 29223
When:  Monday, September 8th
Time:    5:00-6:00pm
 
 

Webinar: Active Kids, Healthier Food

  • September 5, 2014

Please join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on September 5 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET for a First Friday Google+ Hangout. Panelists will go “back to school” and discuss the importance of improved nutrition and greater physical activity for kids, and the great strides made in schools across the country with the support of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Foundation, will lead a discussion on the innovative ways schools and other organizations are addressing childhood obesity through healthier food options and more physical activity for students nationwide.  This event is the eighth in the #RWJF1stFri series – a monthly Google+ Hangout to keep friends of RWJF up to speed on its activities.

Who:

• Susan Dentzer (Moderator), senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

• Ginny Ehrlich, director, Childhood Obesity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

• Jessica Donze Black, RD, MPH, director, Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, Pew Charitable Trusts

• Kaseir Archie, student, William W. Bodine High School, Philadelphia, PA and Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth Ambassador

• Mickey Komins, principal, Anne Frank Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA  • Nathan Plowman, director of partnerships, Global Access To Sport, Nike 

*RSVP to join us and watch the live broadcast Friday, September 5 at 12 p.m. ET, directly on this page.* We're taking questions from viewers on Twitter @RWJF and on this event page. Just tag your questions with #RWJF1stFri and we'll do our best to answer them during the hour.

Lowcountry Bike Safety Workshop

  • September 4, 2014
Thursday, September 4
Noon - 1 pm
Bike Safety Workshop
Colbert Center Lobby and Classroom EL109
MUSC   

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Safe Routes to School Action Plan Kickoff Meeting: Palmetto Middle School

  • September 4, 2014
Palmetto Middle School has been selected to receive Action Plan assistance from the SC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resource Center. This plan will focus on encouraging and enabling students to walk and bike to school at Palmetto Middle.
 
What is an Action Plan?
An Action Plan is a vital component to establishing a sustainable SRTS program. The Action Plan is both a long term and short term comprehensive action-plan that will address the infrastructure surrounding the school, as well as safety education and physical activity programs within the school. Engineering, Evaluation, Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement issues and concerns will all be addressed in this plan.
 
Why develop an Action Plan?
Having an Action Plan on hand will help with scheduling SRTS activities into the school calendar, create a smooth and sustainable transition with any school management changes, and define an action plan that may be used for funding opportunities or grant applications.
 
What is my role?
Bringing together community members and school stakeholders is fundamental to creating a successful Action Plan. Community members provide local insight regarding the current conditions and often bring knowledge of existing community resources that are available to the school. It's important that an Action Plan is adopted by the entire community, and to foster a sense of "ownership" we encourage your participation in the development of this plan.
 
Palmetto Middle School Action Plan Kick-Off Meeting
Where: Palmetto Middle School
803 N. Hamilton Street
Williamston, SC 29697
When:  Thursday, September 4th
Time:    6:00pm – 7:00pm
 
Community input and resident insight will be greatly appreciated.

Sullivan's Island Safety Assessment

  • September 4, 2014
Sullivan's Island Elementary has requested a Safety Assessment, through their partnership with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, on Thursday, September 4th at 1:45pm.
 
We would appreciate your attendance and participation. The workshop will include:
- Assessing the current infrastructure
- Identifying potential recommendations for improvement
- Observing school dismissal and student behaviors
 
Ensuring our children have safe walking routes is essential to encouraging more physical activity.
 
During the assessment we'll discuss the safety of the school's drop-off and pick-up procedures as we observe dismissal, student behaviors and driver behaviors.
 
Your input throughout this exercise would be greatly appreciated. We're interested in inviting stakeholders from the following categories to participate:
  • School staff and parents: this group will offer the best insight regarding the school's policies and procedures on the typical day
  • Law enforcement: the departments that patrol the area around the school have the best knowledge regarding the traffic and safety violations that commonly occur
  • Traffic engineers, planners and public works departments: these professions are the most qualified to offer realistic recommendations to improve the existing infrastructure
  • Public health: we're looking to improve the health of the students by providing opportunities for physical activity and improving air quality. We're also interested in preventing injuries and accidents through safety education
 
Information regarding this exercise is listed below:
 
Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Start Time: 1:45pm
Location: Sullivan's Island Elementary
                   Sullivan's Island, SC

Webinar: Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations

  • September 4, 2014

Free Webinar on Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations

CHAPEL HILL, NC —  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announce a free webinar on enforcement operations for pedestrian safety:
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Thursday, September 4 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time  

To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/306931298

In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes—a five-year high. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a new guide that gives law enforcement and community partners advice, guidance, and promising practices for setting up and conducting effective pedestrian safety enforcement operations and reducing pedestrian fatalities. To be released this summer, Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations: A How-To Guide is the result of an intensive multi-year collaboration with dozens of law enforcement agencies across the country. The guide offers detailed information about planning, conducting, and following up enforcement operations, as well as case studies highlighting successful programs from across the country.   This informative session will include presentations and a discussion with the guide’s authors and presentations from two-case study programs, introducing you to the guide and its findings and providing information about incorporating successful pedestrian safety strategies in your community. Katherine Fiedler, Scott Stafford and Christine Brittle of Acclaro Research Solutions, Inc., will discuss the development of the guide. Ranjit Walia, of Civic Eye Collaborative, LLC, and Captain Tim Oberzier, of the San Francisco Police Department, will share case studies of two enforcement programs.
This webinar is one of the free webinars that FHWA offers quarterly as part of its Pedestrian Safety Focus States and Cities initiatives.  FHWA's Safety Office is trying to aggressively reduce pedestrian deaths by focusing extra resources on the states and cities with the highest pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates. Webinar archives for this series, as well as listings of upcoming sessions, can be found at http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA.cfm.
PBIC offers free, public Webinars approximately every other month. To register for upcoming Webinars and to access archived presentations, please visit http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars.cfm.

Student Travel Tally Month

  • September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Tallies are a requirement of our Silver Partner level. The form is easy to use, and you can reference this Tip Sheet for additional information. Also consider surveying your parents early in the school year. Contact your SOC to learn more about how to evaluate your SRTS program.

Discussion Forum: Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns

  • August 28, 2014
Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns  

Part 1: Webinar, August 21st, 2pm EDT.  Register 

Part 2: Follow-up Discussion Forum, August 28th, 2pm EDT.  Register

  

About this Two-Part Program

Join us on August 21st and 28th for a webinar and then a discussion forum on innovative and effective ways to promote walking in mid-size towns. America Walks continues our focus on the Garden State. This month's presenters will share success stories from three New Jersey communities. Feel free to attend one or both of these programs.

 

At the webinar, you'll learn about:

  • The connection between "place-making" and walkability in Bloomfield
  • An employee walking program in Montclair that is designed to cut health insurance costs
  • A walk-to-school initiative which is changing the culture around student transportation in Nutley

At the follow-up discussion forum, the presenters will answer your questions and have an interactive discussion.

  • Register for Webinar Thursday, August 21st
  • Register for Discussion Forum Thursday, August 28th
  • Program Time:  11:00am - noon PDT / 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT   
  • This program is free and you can attend one or both sessions
  • Log-in instructions will be sent to you upon registration

Presenters:

Erica Abbruzzese, Health Educator, Montclair NJ Department of Health & Human Services.

Michael Hodges, Health Educator, Township of Bloomfield NJ Department of Health & Human Services

Tara Spinelli, Program Coordinator, Yantacaw Walks, a Shaping NJ grant-funded pilot of the Nutley Walks to School program, Nutley NJ

Moderator:

Ian Thomas, Board Member, America Walks, and 4th Ward City Council Member, Columbia MO


 
Closed Captioning of this webinar is available. Please e-mail info@americawalks.org.

  

About the All Things Walking Series 
This Forum is part of a series on "All Things Walking" that includes webinars, telephone discussion forums, on-line technical resources, community-based workshops, and customized technical assistance designed to empower local communities to implement walking strategies and interventions in their communities.  For more information, please contact info@americawalks.org.

Goose Creek Fall Festival

  • August 28, 2014

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Webinar: Don’t let your guard down: Strategies to keep your school crossing guard program healthy and strong

  • August 27, 2014

Don’t let your guard down: Strategies to keep your school crossing guard program healthy and strong

They’re there for us in the heat and the cold, in the rain and the snow. There’s even a National Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. The presence of a crossing guard can be the key deciding factor for a parent to allow their child to walk or bike to school. But as budgets get tight, school crossing guard programs can feel the strain. Learn from programs in two states that are tackling these challenges.
Regardless of whether crossing guards are police or school district employees, this webinar will present examples of city and school district collaboration, and provide ideas for how to address common challenges such as training, staffing shortages and selection of crossing guard locations.  Phoenix, Arizona will highlight strategies and lessons learned from operating a crossing guard training program for 50 years and providing ongoing support to the school districts that employ the guards. The New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center will describe findings from an evaluation of existing crossing guard practices in New Jersey, the roll out of a statewide training program, and will review resources developed to help municipalities operate effective and efficient programs.  

Presenters:

  • Don Cross, School Safety Coordinator, City of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Catherine Bull, Project Coordinator, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University; New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center

 

Date: Wednesday, August 27
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar: Improving Academic Achievement through Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

  • August 26, 2014

This webinar will discuss the connection between health and academic achievement. Dr. Shannon Michael, health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will describe the evidence and messages that supports the link between healthy eating and physical activity and improved academic achievement, identify actions that can be carried out by states, school districts, schools, parents, or students to support school health activities and programs to improve academic achievement, and share 2 new resources on health and academic achievement from the CDC.

Tuesday August 26, 2014 3:30-4:30 ET/2:30-3:30 CT/1:30-2:30 MT/12:30-1:30 PT 

Amy Moyer, Vice President of Field Operations at Action for Healthy Kids, will share what they have learned from their recent report on the Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn, and help schools navigate through concerns they may hear from school stakeholders as they try to support a healthy school environment. Finally, Dr. Lorraine Bandelli, Manager of Health & Wellness Partnerships and Evaluation at GENYOUth Foundation, will share their resources and initiatives, including The Wellness Impact Report and the Fuel Up to Play 60 in-school wellness program, promoting improved nutrition and physical activity to support better academic achievement.

This webinar will be archived for those unable to attend the live session. You will receive information about future sessions from Action for Healthy Kids.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the evidence that supports the link between physical activity, health eating, and improved academic achievement.
  2. Identify key messages and benefits of addressing physical activity and healthy eating in schools to improve academic achievement and motivate stakeholders to take action.
  3. Identify at least three actions that can be carried out by states, school districts, schools, parents, or students to support physical activity and healthy eating in schools and improve academic achievement.
  4. Describe key resources for making the connection between health and academic achievement.

Hosted By

AFHK, CDC, GENYOUth Foundation

Webinar: Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns

  • August 21, 2014
Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns  

Part 1: Webinar, August 21st, 2pm EDT.  Register 

Part 2: Follow-up Discussion Forum, August 28th, 2pm EDT.  Register

  

About this Two-Part Program

Join us on August 21st and 28th for a webinar and then a discussion forum on innovative and effective ways to promote walking in mid-size towns. America Walks continues our focus on the Garden State. This month's presenters will share success stories from three New Jersey communities. Feel free to attend one or both of these programs.

 

At the webinar, you'll learn about:

  • The connection between "place-making" and walkability in Bloomfield
  • An employee walking program in Montclair that is designed to cut health insurance costs
  • A walk-to-school initiative which is changing the culture around student transportation in Nutley

At the follow-up discussion forum, the presenters will answer your questions and have an interactive discussion.

  • Register for Webinar Thursday, August 21st
  • Register for Discussion Forum Thursday, August 28th
  • Program Time:  11:00am - noon PDT / 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT   
  • This program is free and you can attend one or both sessions
  • Log-in instructions will be sent to you upon registration

Presenters:

Erica Abbruzzese, Health Educator, Montclair NJ Department of Health & Human Services.

Michael Hodges, Health Educator, Township of Bloomfield NJ Department of Health & Human Services

Tara Spinelli, Program Coordinator, Yantacaw Walks, a Shaping NJ grant-funded pilot of the Nutley Walks to School program, Nutley NJ

Moderator:

Ian Thomas, Board Member, America Walks, and 4th Ward City Council Member, Columbia MO


 
Closed Captioning of this webinar is available. Please e-mail info@americawalks.org.

Abbeville National Night Out

  • August 18, 2014

NATIONAL NITE OUT

Hosted By: Abbeville Police Dept.

AUGUST 18th, 2014 

6:00PM TIL 8:00PM

@ THE LIVERY STABLE (Located on Trinity Street)

 

“LAW ENFORCEMENT/COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FIGHTING CRIME AND KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE”

 

COME OUT AND NETWORK WITH THE VENDORS AND LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT CRIME IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

 

VENDORS

 

  • CITY OF ABBEVILLE POLICE DEPT.                                                    
  • SAFE HOUSE                                                                                                                   
  • DUE WEST POLICE DEPT.                                                        
  • CITY OF ABBEVILLE FIRE DEPT.                                                            
  • ABBEVILLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.                                                                      
  • BEST CHANCE NETWORK                                                                        
  • LEARNING MOBILE                                                                                     
  • DRUG DEMONSTRATIONS                                                                     
  • VOTERS REGISTRATION                                                                                                                         
  • ABBEVILLE POLICE K-9                                                                                                                              
  • COUNTY BLOODHOUND
  • ABBEVILLE COUNTY EMS
  • CORNERSTONE
  • ABBEVILLE WELLNESS
  • ABBEVILLE COUNTY DSS
  • SC DNR
  • ABBEVILLE COUNTY LIBRARY
  • BANK OF AMERICA
  • BOJANGLE’S
  • NATIONAL GUARD
  • HOME HEALTH
  • SC HIGHWAY PATROL
  • ABBEVILLE COUNTY FIRST STEPS
  • PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

ACTIVITIES

  • SEXUAL TRAUMA PUPPET SHOW
  • FACE PAINTING
  • DUNKING BOOTH
  • BICYCLE RODEO

Free refreshments, safety literature, and T-shirts as long as it lasts!!!

Webinar: Establishing Successful SRTS Policies in Rural Areas: California's Story

  • August 18, 2014

This webinar will showcase the successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policy efforts of three of the fourteen rural California counties participating in CA4Health, a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CA4Health has provided a unique opportunity for local public health departments to establish SRTS practices and policies in small rural and underserved communities across California. The moderator will share a sampling of strategies, challenges and lessons learned on SRTS policy adoption and implementation at the school, school district, city, county and regional levels. Demonstrating the value of multi-disciplinary partnerships through coalition building, local public health department SRTS leads will highlight how Calaveras, Merced and Solano counties have been able to institute sustainable SRTS policies to support active transportation. Policies will address incorporating SRTS-related language in school wellness policies, establishing strong relationships with local jurisdictions to support SRTS practices, crafting county SRTS plans and working with regional agencies to ensure SRTS-related elements are included in general plans, pedestrian, bicycle and/or trail specific plans, mobility plans and complete streets ordinances.

Charleston First Day Festival

  • August 17, 2014

The 12th annual First Day Festival will be held on Sunday, August 17th, 2014, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, and we hope you can be part of the festivities!  Every year, students, parents, and educators enjoy an afternoon of fun, entertainment, and food; and receive school supplies and information about student support services. Last year an estimated 10,000 families and children attended the Festival. 

Liberty Square at the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center

 

The Children's Museum of the Upstate Countdown to Kindergarten Event

  • August 15, 2014

Friday, August 15th  - 6:00-8:00pm

If you have a rising Kindergartner, you won’t want to miss this “one-stop-shop” for valuable information and resources to get them ready for their first year of school.  Local community partners, vendors and non-profit organizations will be on hand to ensure your child’s confidence and success!

RSVP‘s are now being collected for Countdown to Kindergarten.  If you have a rising kindergartner (K-5), please visit the link below to let us know your family will be attending!

*PLEASE NOTE: Regular admission rates ($9 child/$10 adult) will apply for families that attend but do not have a rising (K-5) kindergartner.*

RSVP REQUIRED

Mary Black Foundation SPARK Training

  • August 13, 2014

Currently, the Mary Black Foundation staff is planning the 3rdAnnual SPARK Professional Development Day for Spartanburg County Physical Education teachers. This full day training opportunity will be held on August 13th and will feature two concurrent grade-appropriate sessions: one session for elementary school PE teachers at Mary H. Wright Elementary School and another for middle school PE teachers at Carver Middle School.  The middle school session will offer five presentations, while the elementary school session will feature two tracks, K-2 and 3-5, and 10 presentations. Both the elementary and middle school sessions will have presentations regarding Safe Routes to School and the countywide BMI study results.

Main Street Children's Museum Countdown to Kindergarten

  • August 7, 2014

A free celebration for rising kindergarteners and their families at the Main Street Children's Museum!

Activities, information, games and children's musician Roger Day! The event will take place on Thursday, August 7th from 5pm-7pm.

In partnership with York County First Steps, Comporium, Family Trust Federal Credit Union and Clover, Fort Mill, Rock Hill & York School Districts

Webinar: Girl Scouts on Wheels

  • August 6, 2014

Women Bike Toolkit: Girl Scouts on Wheels


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Webinar Registration

To close the gender gap in bicycling, we need to remain focused on the next generation of female riders. With assistance from a Women Bike mini-grant, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia created a bicycling patch for the local Girl Scouts Council and, in this free webinar, creator Katie Monroe will share her tips and toolkit to engage Girl Scouts in your community.

National Night Out

  • August 5, 2014
National Night Out (NNO) is coming up on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
NNO is an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and began as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie.
Celebrations across America include events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.
NNO offers the perfect opportunity to bring your community together!

Simpsonville's National Night Out

  • August 5, 2014

The city of Simpsonville is celebrating National Night Out! Events will include a Bike Rodeo for kids, disc golf, and ultimate frisbee.The Bloodmobile will be on site too! The Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is also hosting a VIP cook-out for First Responders & their families

The event takes place from 6pm-9pm at Simpsonville City Park (405 E Curtis St, Simpsonville SC).

National Stop on Red Week

  • August 3, 2014 to August 9, 2014
National Stop on Red Week is August 3-9th!
Did you know that red light running is the leading cause of urban crashes? In 2009, running red lights resulted in 41 fatalities in South Carolina. Therefore, it's especially important to remind ourselves to drive safely in and around our school zones. This campaign is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of running red lights through education and enforcement efforts.
 
As a partner with the SRTS Resource Center, here is a list of suggestions about how you can promote this initiative:
  • Encourage your elected officials to issue a proclamation for National Stop on Red Week.
  • Have your staff sign a “Safe Driving Pledge”.
  • Ask your staff to wear the color red as a reminder to “Stop on Red”.
  • Post PSAs on your website and Facebook pages.

York County Environmental Education Workshop

  • July 29, 2014
Orchard Park Elementary (Fort Mill) is hosting a free workshop on Tuesday, July 29th from 9am-12pm.
At this workshop you'll hear about the following three programs and how they can help enhance your school's environmental education efforts.
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Green Steps
  • B2 (Breathe Better)

Webinar: Crosstown Bikeways for Everybody - Lessons from San Francisco

  • July 23, 2014

San Francisco's Connecting the City campaign has been a big success for both the city and for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. This multi-year initiative to envision and build neighborhoods greenways and protected bikeways all across the city has resulted in huge, visionary projects - and has helped SFBC majorly boost its budget and capacity.

ESMM Walking Group Training: North Charleston

  • July 17, 2014

Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, (ESMM CTC), is offering a free leadership training to become trained as a Community Walking Group Leader.   A Community Walking Group Leader is a volunteer within the community that serves as an empowering, encouraging, supportive, and a positive role model and facilitator that commits to leading a community walking group. Incentives and educational materials will be available upon completion of this training. Please visit our website below and click on the Resources tab to review the Community Walking Group Leader Training Manual titled “Walker Leader Manual-ESMM Charleston Tri-county: http://eatsmartmovemoresc.org/charleston-tri-county/

This training (hour and half) provides trainees with everything they need to know to plan and recruit walkers for a community walking group.  Serving as a Community Walking Group Leader provides a valuable opportunity to improve the health and well-being of one’s local community and the development of enhanced community relationships and community member empowerment. It is our goal to provide a training opportunity that is most convenient for our future Community Walking Group Leaders.

If you or someone within your organization is interested in participating in the Community Walking Group Leader training, please complete the registration information below and submit to Carolyn Lindstrom at clindst@musc.edu.

Webinar: Buses, Boots, and Bicycles: Getting Safe Routes to School and Student Transportation Departments to Work Together

  • July 17, 2014

On Thursday July 17th, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern, the Safe Routes to School National
Partnership is hosting a free webinar:

Student transportation departments usually focus on busing children to school, but they have the potential to do much more. This webinar will address how collaboration between Safe Routes to School and student transportation departments can enable children to get to school safely, while supporting a comprehensive school transportation system. Speakers will discuss barriers to collaboration, strategies for overcoming those obstacles, and specific ways to work together. The webinar will also showcase a school transportation department that gets kids to school by foot, bicycle, scooter, school bus, and carpool.
SPEAKERS:

  • Michael Martin, Executive Director, National Association for Pupil Transportation
  • Bob Young, Director of Transportation, Boulder Valley School District
  • Sara Zimmerman, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

ESMM Walking Group Training: Summerville

  • July 16, 2014

Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, (ESMM CTC), is offering a free leadership training to become trained as a Community Walking Group Leader.   A Community Walking Group Leader is a volunteer within the community that serves as an empowering, encouraging, supportive, and a positive role model and facilitator that commits to leading a community walking group. Incentives and educational materials will be available upon completion of this training. Please visit our website below and click on the Resources tab to review the Community Walking Group Leader Training Manual titled “Walker Leader Manual-ESMM Charleston Tri-county: http://eatsmartmovemoresc.org/charleston-tri-county/

This training (hour and half) provides trainees with everything they need to know to plan and recruit walkers for a community walking group.  Serving as a Community Walking Group Leader provides a valuable opportunity to improve the health and well-being of one’s local community and the development of enhanced community relationships and community member empowerment. It is our goal to provide a training opportunity that is most convenient for our future Community Walking Group Leaders.

If you or someone within your organization i interested in participating in the Community Walking Group Leader training, please complete the registration information below and submit to Carolyn Lindstrom at clindst@musc.edu.

Webinar - Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Transportation Planning: What to Expect From Planning and Public Health Stakeholders

  • July 16, 2014

Health impact assessment (HIA) has emerged in the U.S. as a promising way to increase social and environmental justice by addressing health equity within transportation planning. HIA seeks to augment the information base upon which public decisions are made. It does so through a multi-disciplinary analysis of how the project or plan impacts various social determinants of health. It also augments community and stakeholder engagement by providing a forum - usually through an advisory committee - where stakeholders can identify and deliberate about health interests related to the target plan. While HIA advisory committees are diverse by design, those managing HIA processes are often surprised at the differences between and within both the planning and transportation fields. 

This webinar reviews stakeholder engagement strategies common to HIA. It compares and contrasts the values, expectations, and methodologies that various types of planning and public health professionals often bring to the table. Finally, it identifies best practices for stakeholder engagement in HIA to maximize the collaborative nature of HIA.

Webinar: Active Transportation and Complete Streets Evaluation

  • July 16, 2014

Free Webinar from Bay Area Health in Transportation

July 16 10-11 am 

Presentation by Swati Pande, Research Associate, SafeTREC

Discussion of the findings of a project she conducted with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on evaluating Active Transportation funding and Complete Streets policies in the Bay Area. 

Sponsored by TransForm and Safe Routes to School National Partnership Northern California
(Photo credit Mark Hogan)

Webinar: State Funding Sources for Walking and Biking Projects

  • July 15, 2014

As the federal funding landscape changes for active transportation funding, more and more states are turning to local public revenue sources to raise the local match or fully fund bicycling and walking projects. Join this webinar to hear about the revenue sources that states are using to fund active transportation projects, and how advocates are working with State Legislatures to pass statutes that ensure bicycling and walking projects have access to dedicated state funds.

Learn more at Advocacy Advance: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/media/blog/new-resources-state-funding-sources-for-walking-and-biking-projects

Webinar: Engaging Athletes in Advocacy

  • July 9, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Running, walking and cycling groups can be a powerful voice for safer streets—or they can be excluded from active transportation conversations because of their focus on recreation. Join this call to learn what other advocacy groups are doing to engage these tight-knit communities of athletes and advocate for safer facilities for all road users.

Webinar: Creating Great Communities through Public Involvement

  • July 3, 2014

Ongoing, sustainable and effective public involvement is one of the cornerstones of creating a great community.  This is a two-part webinar series exploring how to create more livable communities through public involvement.
This webinar will explain why public involvement is necessary, identify the types of public involvement, and review organizational models and opportunities for public involvement. Attendees will learn specific institutional changes they can make to better involve the public in all projects and programs, thereby creating better communities for walking and bicycling.

Presented by Peter Lagerwey, Seattle Regional Office Director, Toole Design Group

Webinar: Strengthening Change in Your Community by Engaging the Right People

  • June 26, 2014

1x1.gif About this Discussion Forum:
To bring about social change in a local area, activists and community leaders must lead the effort by working together. Join this expert panel follow-up discussion with featured speakers from AARP and Safe Routes to School National Partnership to learn innovative ways to engage the change agents in your communities to help make them more livable & vibrant places to live. The discussion forum will be moderated by America Walks board member, Ian Thomas.

If you want to how to promote community change by persuading the influencers in your community to engage in the effort, this follow-up discussion forum is for you!

This is an interactive discussion forum with two experts from the America Walks webinar of the same title who gave presentations on May 19, 2014. Please join us!  Participation is free.

Webinar: Moving Community Prevention Forward - New Funding Opportunities To Advance Community Health And Equity

  • June 23, 2014

Six new funding opportunities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a variety of stakeholders including public health departments, national and community based organizations, community coalitions, school districts, local housing and transportation authorities, and American Indian tribes the opportunity to continue building healthier, more equitable communities with federal support.

  • Partnerships to Improve Community Health: “Supports implementation of evidenced and practice-based strategies that address previously identified community gaps and needs within a defined jurisdiction to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease and related risk factors.”
  • National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention: “Supports national organizations and their chapters/affiliates in building and strengthening communities’ abilities to implement community health improvement strategies.”
  • Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): “Seeks to strengthen existing capacity to implement locally tailored evidence and practice-based population-wide improvements in priority populations experiencing chronic disease disparities and associated risk factors and support implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of strategies.”
  • PPHF 2014: State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke: “Supports implementation of population-wide and priority population approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and stroke and reduce health disparities in these areas among adults.”
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country: “Offers support to prevent heart disease and prevent and manage type 2 diabetes and associated risk factors, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet in American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages through a holistic approach to population health and wellness.”
  • Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas: “Funds up to 6 Land Grant Colleges and Universities located in states with counties with an adult obesity prevalence of over 40%.”

During the Web Forum, attendees will be provided with an overview of the new funding opportunities, discussion of strategies and efforts to build a system of prevention and clinical integration, and ways to advance equity through community engagement. Participants will also learn strategies to ensure robust communications are provided to key audiences including policymakers.

 Click here for more information.

Daniel Island Kid's Triathalon

  • June 21, 2014

Go Skateboarding Day

  • June 21, 2014

What It’s All About: On June 21 skateboarders around the globe will celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most infuential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding. OK, most skateboarders do this every day of their lives, but this is just one more reason to blow off your television/computer/video games and go skateboarding!

Use this day to talk to children and community members about helmet safety and pedestrian safety!

Webinar: Managing and Retaining Volunteers for Long Term Success!

  • June 19, 2014

Part two in a series of two webinars that will explore in depth tried and true methods for ongoing management and retention of volunteers to participate in Safe Routes to School Programs.

Webinar: The National Physical Activity Plan - How Cities, Towns and Counties Can Take Action To Increase Physical Activity

  • June 19, 2014

Join us Thursday, June 19 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT to learn how your community can take action to increase physical activity using the National Physical Activity Plan, a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan aims to create a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life. 

On this webinar, we’ll discuss the plan’s recommendations for the parks and recreation sector, public health agencies, and local governments. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the effects that transportation systems, development patterns, and community design can have on physical activity. You’ll also learn how providing access, education, and resources that help local residents incorporate fun and meaningful physical activity into their daily lives can foster real change in the national level of physical activity. 

Speakers will include two members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, National Physical Activity Plan Alliance: 
• Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina 
• Jim Whitehead, Executive Vice President/CEO, American College of Sports Medicine 

Sign up and learn more about Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) at www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org. Questions about the webinar or LMCTC? Contact us at lmctc@nlc.org or call 202-626-3012.

Webinar: What’s Walking Got to do With it? A Look at the Economic and Social Impact of Walkability

  • June 19, 2014

Time:2:00 pm  - 3:00 pm        

Overview

Walking is a critical component of our country’s urban transportation system and a practical transportation choice with powerful benefits for both individuals and their communities.  The potential for increased walking is enormous: one quarter of all trips in the United States are less than one mile in length, but only a quarter of these are made by walking.  Providing more walking facilities helps enhance access to other modes of travel, improves air quality and other environmental benefits, and contributes to health and other quality of life factors.  
The National League of Cities will be hosting a webinar with America Walks and Smart Growth America to look at how increasing walkability has had an impact in Columbia, MO and Arlington County, VA.  Local officials will discuss the economic and social benefits their communities have seen and how they have gone about to get public support and the financing in place to build pedestrian facilities.  The speakers will address the role federal dollars have played in their pedestrian-related initiatives and the importance of them in leveraging funding from other sources to build walking projects that are meeting the needs of their communities,  advance social, economic, and environmental goals.
 

Speakers

  • Chris Zimmerman, Vice President for Economic Development, Smart Growth America and former Board Member, Arlington County, Virginia
  • Council Member Ian Thomas, PhD, City of Columbia, Missouri and Board Member, America Walks

Webinar: Funding Innovative Facilities

  • June 17, 2014

City officials and advocates are eager to build new separated bicycling facilities and other innovative projects, but it is a challenge to pay for them. This Advocacy Advance webinar will share examples of how real cities are paying for real projects, including local, state, and federal sources

Webinar: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros

  • June 17, 2014

cross the country, U.S. metros are racing to dominate the walkable urban places (WalkUPs) market. Join us for the public release of Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros on June 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT, which will be live-streamed from Washington, DC.

ESMM Walking Group Training: Mt. Pleasant

  • June 16, 2014

Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, (ESMM CTC), is offering a free leadership training to become trained as a Community Walking Group Leader.   A Community Walking Group Leader is a volunteer within the community that serves as an empowering, encouraging, supportive, and a positive role model and facilitator that commits to leading a community walking group. Incentives and educational materials will be available upon completion of this training. Please visit our website below and click on the Resources tab to review the Community Walking Group Leader Training Manual titled “Walker Leader Manual-ESMM Charleston Tri-county: http://eatsmartmovemoresc.org/charleston-tri-county/

This training (hour and half) provides trainees with everything they need to know to plan and recruit walkers for a community walking group.  Serving as a Community Walking Group Leader provides a valuable opportunity to improve the health and well-being of one’s local community and the development of enhanced community relationships and community member empowerment. It is our goal to provide a training opportunity that is most convenient for our future Community Walking Group Leaders.

If you or someone within your organization is interested in participating in the Community Walking Group Leader training, please complete the registration information below and submit to Carolyn Lindstrom at clindst@musc.edu.

Greenville Cycle to Farm Event

  • June 14, 2014

Greenville's first Cycle to Farm event will be on Saturday, June 14th.  This exciting day long event seeks to support local growers through the promotion of physical activity and exploration of different regions with beautiful scenic views. LiveWell Greenville was selected as beneficiary of this event as part of a competitive application process.

This unique event will feature a 60 mile ride to 3-4 local farms through flat to rolling low traffic areas for a total elevation gain of 3,500 feet.  Riders will have the chance to purchase any fresh goods or produce on the spot.  Cycle to Farm staff will take care of the transportation of your purchases.  They will be packaged and ready to take home at the last stop on your ride, Greenbrier farms.  Farmer’s will be on site at each stop to answer your questions and sample their food free of charge.

The event will conclude with a large celebration at Greenbrier Farms highlighting local foods from the farms visited along the route. Registration includes a fresh farm to table meal and live local music.  Beer will be available for purchase and family and friends who are not riding may purchase a meal $14/adults and $7/kids. 

The event will be limited to 300 riders.  Visit http://cycletofarm.org/greenville/about-greenville/ for more information and to register for the event. Not able to ride? There are also volunteer opportunities available!

Webinar: Complete Streets - From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey

  • June 12, 2014

About this webinar

This webinar will cover complete streets, in general and in New Jersey, discussing every topic from complete streets policy adoption to implementation. In addition to highlighting successful municipal and county case studies focused on complete streets implementation, the webinar will highlight strategies on getting complete streets polices passed at the municipal level and creating elderly-friendly communities.

  • Webinar Date:  Tuesday, June 12, 2014
  • Time:  11:00am - 12:15pm PDT / 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
  • Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration
  • Register here

Complete Streets are streets that are designed, operated, and maintained with all users in mind; those are bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, etc. In New Jersey, the state department of transportation (NJDOT), 93 municipalities, and 6 counties have adopted complete streets, making New Jersey one of the nation's leaders in the number of municipalities with complete streets policies.

  

What attendees will take away from this webinar

  1. Understand the differences between complete streets and an incomplete street.
  2. Discuss specific New Jersey complete streets implementation case studies on the county and municipal level.
  3. Pursue or encourage complete streets policy adoption and implementation in their town or county.
  4. Understand the link between complete streets and elder-friendly communities.
  5. Recognize inexpensive and cost-saving infrastructure improvements to make cities more walkable and bikeable.
Program participants (find their bios here
Organizer/Moderator:  Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
 
Presenters and their topics:
  • Jerry Fried, Former Mayor of Montclair (NJ) and Lead Ambassador, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University - Getting a Complete Streets Policy Passed in Your Community
  • Karen Alexander, MPA, Managing Director, New Jersey Travel Independence Program, Rutgers University - Complete Streets, What's Aging Got to Do with It?
  • Michael Lysicatos, Senior Planner, Passaic County Department of Planning and Economic Development - Case Study: Complete Streets Implementation in Passaic County
  • Jack Nata, Manager, Division of Traffic and Signals, City of Newark, NJ - Case Study: Complete Streets Implementation in Newark, NJ

 Register Here

 

Closed Captioning of this webinar is available. Please e-mail us at info@americawalks.org to arrange.

YMCA Lexington Bicycle Rodeo

  • June 12, 2014

Safe Kids Midlands will be hosting at FREE Bicycle Rodeo at YMCA of Lexington (401 YMCA Road, Lexington 29073) on Thursday, June 12th. Come bring your bicycle and helmet from 8:00am to 3:00pm to participate!

ESMM Walking Group Training: Downtown Charleston

  • June 11, 2014

Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, (ESMM CTC), is offering a free leadership training to become trained as a Community Walking Group Leader.   A Community Walking Group Leader is a volunteer within the community that serves as an empowering, encouraging, supportive, and a positive role model and facilitator that commits to leading a community walking group. Incentives and educational materials will be available upon completion of this training. Please visit our website below and click on the Resources tab to review the Community Walking Group Leader Training Manual titled “Walker Leader Manual-ESMM Charleston Tri-county: http://eatsmartmovemoresc.org/charleston-tri-county/

This training (hour and half) provides trainees with everything they need to know to plan and recruit walkers for a community walking group.  Serving as a Community Walking Group Leader provides a valuable opportunity to improve the health and well-being of one’s local community and the development of enhanced community relationships and community member empowerment. It is our goal to provide a training opportunity that is most convenient for our future Community Walking Group Leaders.

If you or someone within your organization is interested in participating in the Community Walking Group Leader training, please complete the registration information below and submit to Carolyn Lindstrom at clindst@musc.edu

Webinar: Health and Transportation Partners - Working to Improve Pedestrian Safety in Oregon

  • June 11, 2014

Safe States Pedestrian Injury Prevention Training and Mini-Grant Opportunity* (Mini rant opportunity is for for Oregon ONLY) 

Free IBPI Webinar
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Part 1: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST
Part 2: 1:00 PM -  2:30 PM PST

Join health and transportation partners working in Oregon and learn a variety of ways to improve pedestrian safety in your neighborhood, town or city. Explore the links between health and transportation, the best practices being used to increase the numbers of individuals using active transportation, and how to keep all road users safer. These methods need not necessarily be expensive engineering solutions, but can encompass education, enforcement and some simple fixes.

This webinar is required viewing for taking advantage of a pedestrian safety mini-grant opportunity that will be released in June 2014. Click here to preview the mini-grant program guidelines and application. The webinar will be recorded and a link will be emailed to all registrants after the webinar.

Audience: Those working in public health, pedestrian or bicycle advocacy, law enforcement, community planning, traffic engineering, citizen engagement or other fields that want to get people using active transportation and reduce the risks to users of the system.

Continuing Education Credits: This webinar provides three hours of training which equals 3 CM or 3 PDH. IBPI applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each webinar. We will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours.

Configuration: The webinar will be administered through GoToWebinar. The room will be opened 30 minutes before the start of the webinar.
 

Presenters

Kim Curley works for Commute Options, based in Bend Oregon. The non-profit promotes the use of alternatives to driving alone, including walking, bicycling, carpooling, riding transit and teleworking. She conducts community outreach to business and school communities in a nine-county area of Central Oregon.

Heather Gramp, MPH is a policy analyst for the Oregon Health Authority-Public Health Division focused on changing policies, systems and environments to support active living. Heather is working to create a more walkable and health promoting built environment in cities, towns and rural areas throughout Oregon.

Adrienne Greene, MPA  is a program manager with the Oregon Health Authority-Public Health Division in the Injury & Violence Prevention section. She manages the CDC-funded core injury grant which focuses on pedestrian safety policy, senior falls prevention, suicide prevention, drug overdose issues, and child maltreatment.  She has been involved in transportation safety since 1989, and is the co-lead of the Pedestrian Safety Policy Workgroup.  

Sheila Lyons is a lifelong pedestrian and bicyclist who began working for the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2005 where she manages the Pedestrian and Bicycle program. She is a licensed Civil Engineer.

Shelly Oylear is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Washington County Oregon. With a background in civil engineering and transportation planning, she has worked in the public and private sector on a wide range of projects. Shelly is currently focused on finding solutions to support walking and biking in suburban and rural contexts.

Lidwien Rahman has been a Board Member of Oregon Walks since 2003. Lidwien is a Principal Planner at the Oregon Department of Transportation, where she has been involved in transportation and land use planning and policy development since 1991, including the development of pedestrian plans and pedestrian elements of Transportation System Plans.

Junior Safety Camp with Mt. Pleasant Police

  • June 9, 2014 to June 20, 2014

he Mount Pleasant Police Department Junior Summer Safety Camp is designed to educate young people ages 5 to 10 on a variety of safety topics and to build positive relationships with the community.

The safety camp is free and runs for a two-week period. Dates are June 9-13 and June 16-20, 2014. The first week will be at Whitesides Elementary School at 1565 Rifle Range Rd. The second week will be at the Town Hall Gym, 100 Ann Edwards Lane. The camps will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 12 noon each day. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The safety topics will include: Fire safety, home safety, stranger danger, bike safety, gun safety, animal safety, finger printing and more

  • DATES: June 9 - 13 & June 16 - 20, 2014 (program runs for two weeks)
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 noon (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)
  • LOCATIONS: Week 1 @ Whitesides Elementary School & Week 2 @ Town Hall Gym
  • COST: Free  to Mount Pleasant residents
  • AGES: 5 - 10

National Trails Day

  • June 7, 2014

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. For public and private land managers alike, National Trails Day® is a great time to showcase beautiful landscapes and special or threatened locales as thousands of people will be outside looking to participate in NTD events.

National Trails Day® evolved during the late ‘80s and ‘90s from a popular ethos among trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies who wanted to unlock the vast potential in America’s National Trails System, transforming it from a collection of local paths into a true network of interconnected trails and vested trail organizations. This collective mindset hatched the idea of a singular day where the greater trail community could band together behind the NTD moniker to show their pride and dedication to the National Trails System

America’s 200,000 miles of trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails give us a means to support good physical and mental health; they provide us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses. All it takes is a willingness to use them!

National Trails Day® also aims to highlight the important work thousands of volunteers do each year to take care of America’s trails. Trails do not just magically appear for our enjoyment; their construction and maintenance takes hours of dedicated planning and labor. So give thanks to your local volunteers and consider taking a day to give back to your favorite trail.

Spartanburg Healthy Schools Summit

  • June 5, 2014

Partners for Active Living and Alliance for a Healthier Generation will be holding the Spartanburg Healthy Schools Summit on June 5, 2014 at Wofford College from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

This will be a day-long conference for upstate administrators, school board members, teachers and staff, school nurses, guidance counselors, SIC/PTSO members, and interested community members. It will review the Healthy School Pilot Projects along with other nutrition and physical activity programs and policies, and community resources. The 2014-15 Healthy School Projects will also be announced.  

Attendees will receive 8 hours of professional development credit.

The event is free, and there are only 125 spaces available.

For more information, contact Healthy Kids Coordinator Rebecca Parrish at rparrish@active-living.org or 864-598-9638.

International Railroad Level Crossing Awareness Day

  • June 3, 2014

Since 2009 the International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) campaign has been spearheaded by the International Union of Railways (UIC) with the support of the railway community around the world. A growing number of road sector organizations, the European Commission and the United Nations - Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are also involved in raising awareness of the risks at level crossings in order to change road users’ and pedestrians’ behaviour to “act safely at level crossings”.

This campaign proceeds from an uncomfortable statistic: too many people die or are injured in accidents at level crossings. Even if according to European statistics level crossing accidents account for only 1% of road deaths they comprise 28% of all rail fatalities. Statistics show also that the majority of these are due to misuse by motorists and pedestrians but the popular misconception is that these incidents are a railway problem. Conferences on the issue show that the only really effective way to decrease the number of accidents, short of closing all level crossings, is Educating people, highlighting the risks and making them aware of the potential consequences if they do not follow the simple rules of the road. Finally when Education fails or is not sufficient the next step is to take Enforcement measures.

Webinar: Walk Audits to Boost Safety and Promote Health

  • May 28, 2014

Walk audits are a great way to engage a community – everyone from local residents, agency staff, local elected officials, and businesses – to better identify barriers and opportunities to improve our built environment. On this call, learn how advocates have used walk audits to create safe walking environments to better connect to other modes of transportation and to improve a community’s health.

Webinar: Managing and Retaining Volunteers for Long Term Success!

  • May 27, 2014

Thu, Jun 19, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Part two in a series of two webinars that will explore in depth tried and true methods for ongoing management and retention of volunteers to participate in Safe Routes to School Programs.

Speakers: Lawrence Simonson - Assistant Director, PedNet; Cristina McKenney- Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Eagle College Preparatory Schools; Margaret McCarthy - Volunteer Manager, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; Nancy Buffum - Family & Schools Program Manager, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

http://eatsmartmovemoresc.org/charleston-tri-county/

  • May 23, 2014

Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, (ESMM CTC), is offering a free leadership training to become trained as a Community Walking Group Leader.   A Community Walking Group Leader is a volunteer within the community that serves as an empowering, encouraging, supportive, and a positive role model and facilitator that commits to leading a community walking group. Incentives and educational materials will be available upon completion of this training. Please visit our website below and click on the Resources tab to review the Community Walking Group Leader Training Manual titled “Walker Leader Manual-ESMM Charleston Tri-county: http://eatsmartmovemoresc.org/charleston-tri-county/

This training (hour and half) provides trainees with everything they need to know to plan and recruit walkers for a community walking group.  Serving as a Community Walking Group Leader provides a valuable opportunity to improve the health and well-being of one’s local community and the development of enhanced community relationships and community member empowerment. It is our goal to provide a training opportunity that is most convenient for our future Community Walking Group Leaders.

If you or someone within your organization is interested in participating in the Community Walking Group Leader training, please complete the registration information below and submit to Carolyn Lindstrom at clindst@musc.edu

Walk Bike Columbia Press Conference

  • May 20, 2014

10:00am at City Hall

Mayor Benjamin will read the official Bike Month Proclamation and kick off Walk Bike Columbia Project. Visit www.walkbikecolumbia.org for more information!

Webinar: Strengthening Change in Your Community by Engaging the “Right” People

  • May 19, 2014

About This Webinar: To bring about social change in a local area, activists and community leaders must lead the effort by working together.

Join this expert panel discussion with featured speakers from AARP and Safe Routes to School National Partnership to learn innovative ways to engage the change agents in your communities to help make them more livable & vibrant places to live. The panel also will feature a speaker with experience working directly with local elected officials and will provide insight and strategies on how to engage your local elected officials.

If you want to learn how to promote community change by persuading the influencers in your community to engage in the effort, this webinar is for you!

Webinar Date: Monday, May 19, 2014

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm PST/2:00pm-3:30pm EDT

Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration

Dorchester Safety Fair

  • May 17, 2014

Dorchester Safety Fair
500 North Main Street
Summerville, SC
10:00 am - 2:00pm

SCDOT SRTS Infrastructure Grant Deadline

  • May 16, 2014

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant funding will be provided on a grant reimbursement basis through a competitive application process. The SCDOT SRTS Program has designed a competitive application to assess the need for Safe Routes to School programs at schools in South Carolina. The need is determined through evaluation of current student travel patterns, potential participation, physical and perceived barriers to SRTS, traffic issues, crash data, an exhibited existing interest in SRTS, and understanding of the comprehensive nature of SRTS.

Our goal is to fund as many schools as we can each year. Selected schools must be at least a bronze level partner of the SRTS Resource Center in order to even be considered for funding. Any school with grades K - 8, school district, municipality or other government entity may apply. Government agencies or organizations may apply on behalf of a school. An application for funding must represent only one eligible school. Eligible schools are any school with any grades K - 8 (traditionally elementary or middle schools). Eligible schools must have been in operation for at least two years prior to application deadline. Previous SRTS infrastructure awardees and schools built within the last two years are ineligible. Only one application per school per funding cycle is eligible.

NOTE: SCDOT will administer and oversee the infrastructure project and the SC SRTS Resource Center will oversee the non-infrastructure portion.

Plans typically include non-infrastructure and infrastructure projects and programs. Plans are submitted to SCDOT for review. Once all concerns are met, participation agreements are drafted and signed. Work may begin only after participation agreements are signed. Work must begin within 6 months of participation agreements signing and must be complete within 24 months of participation agreements signing.

Application:

Applications for SC Safe Routes to School funding are now available. Click here for the application. The funding cycle closes on May 16, 2014 and no applications will be accepted after that date.

If you would like more information, please Email Us.

ING Run for Something Better Grant Deadline

  • May 15, 2014
Program Overview

ING Run For Something Better® (ING RFSB), in partnership with the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) seeks to increase physical activity in students and help fight childhood obesity nationwide through the creation of school-based running programs. Research shows that physical activity improves self esteem, school performance and overall well being.

The ING RFSB School Awards Program will provide a minimum of sixty (60) of $3,500 grants to schools that desire to establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one.

Through activity plans created by SHAPE America and based on the National Standards for Physical Education (AAHPERD, 2014), the awards program will offer children a healthy start to life and foster their desire to exercise before obesity ever begins. To ensure impartiality, SHAPE America will manage the School Awards Program for ING. If you are ready to make an impact on the lives of your students through healthy lifestyle changes, improving self esteem and reducing the rate of childhood obesity, then step up to the starting line!

Program Vision

The ING RFSB school-based running program is designed to be flexible. It can be conducted in physical education class, during recess, before school, after school, or any combination of these. It can be facilitated by a physical education teacher, coach, classroom teacher, or school administrator. The program can be as short as eight (8) weeks or as long as you want it to be. The program's culminating event can be any distance – such as 1 mile or a 5K (3.1 mile) event – held during school, after school, or on a weekend day (and include families and community members). It's meant to be personalized to meet the needs of the school – it's yours to run with – go for it!

Each recipient school is responsible for keeping signed parent permission forms on file for every student participating in the SHAPE America ING RFSB School Awards Program. Student data collection is a part of the program requirements and must be kept anonymous by the participating school when reporting to SHAPE America and ING. It is the responsibility of each school to verify data collection approval from the school district official who monitors/approves student involvement in research studies prior to beginning this program.

Webinar: Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Long Term Success!

  • May 15, 2014

On Thursday, May 15th, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar:

 

Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Long Term Success!

REGISTER HERE: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7964409590028016898


This webinar is part one of a series of two webinars that will explore in depth tried-and-true methods for working with volunteers in Safe Routes to School programs and other school-based volunteer initiatives. Join us to hear three speakers discuss the ways they recruited and trained volunteers and created sustainable, long-lasting relationships within their schools and communities.

SPEAKERS:

  • Kelli Huinker, Health Promotion Manager, Cerro Gordo, Iowa County Department of Public Health
  • Sarah Cushman, Safe Routes to School Program, Southern Maine Planner
  • TBD

This free webinar is part of a series of monthly National Learning Network webinars on topics related to Safe Routes to School and other policy and program initiatives that can increase walking and bicycling to school and in daily life.

To register for this webinar, click on this link: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7964409590028016898
 

The second webinar of this series will be held on June 19th and will focus on best practices for managing and retaining your volunteers. Register here.

Webinar: Roadside Landscaping and Safety

  • May 15, 2014

This webinar will focus on safety tradeoffs associated with street trees and roadside landscaping. Though street trees provide many benefits for pedestrians, the environment, and motorists, they also present concerns for safety. Dick Albin, from the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center, will discuss these issues and identify strategies for incorporating street trees while improving safety for all modes. The presentations will be followed by a discussion period with the presenter.

Dick Albin is a Safety Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center’s Safety and Design Team.  His primary focus is on roadway departure crashes and roadside design.

Discussion Forum: School Policies that Support Active, Attentive Students

  • May 14, 2014

Children who are physically active and fit tend to perform better in the classroom, but many schools allow little to no time for students to be active, due to a lack of resources, personnel, or time in the day. Policies that support daily physical education and regular activity breaks during the school day can help increase physical activity, elevate physical fitness levels, and improve academic performance and classroom behavior among students. This Web Forum will provide evidence for the importance of physical activity in the school setting, and offer ideas and strategies to get kids moving during the school day.

Specifically, this forum will:

  • Define quality physical education and physical activity;
  • Draw relationships and summarize findings between physical activity and academic achievement;
  • Address the challenges of implementing activity programs in schools; and
  • Offer recommendations to prioritize schooltime activity on a local level.


Sponsored by Active Living Research

 

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Presenters

Darla M. Castelli, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin
Abigail Gamble, MS, PhD, Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, ScD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University

Moderator

Amanda Wilson, Project Manager, Strategic Engagement Coordinator, Active Living Research, A National Program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, University of California, San Diego

Webinar: Multilevel Interventions to Increase Physical Activity & Improve Nutrition and Create Change in Communities

  • May 13, 2014

Multi-level interventions to improve the health of communities and decrease chronic disease risk are an essential part of cancer control strategies.  The policies, systems, and environments (PSEs) in communities significantly shape lives and impact cancer risk.  PSEs in communities that make healthy choices easy, safe, and affordable can have a positive impact on the way people live, learn, work, and play. Partnerships with community leaders in education, government, transportation, and business are essential in creating sustainable change to reduce the burden of chronic disease.

Our May NCI cyber-seminar will highlight two exciting interventions that are creating healthy communities by implementing policy and environmental changes that have a lasting impact.

ShapingNJ is the state partnership for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. The goal of this partnership is to prevent obesity and improve the health of populations that are at risk for poor health outcomes in New Jersey by making "the healthy choice, the easy choice." Peri Nearon, with the New Jersey Department of Health, will discuss how ShapingNJ leveraged a wide array of partners around nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention.

Dr. Melissa Laska's presentation will address key issues related to food access in underserved communities and the impact of access to healthy and unhealthy foods on important health indicators. Her presentation will focus specifically on small food stores and the role that they can play in improving community-level food access, as well as the challenges that need to be addressed when working in these settings.

As always, the last part of the cyber-seminar will be dedicated to your questions. We invite you to engage with the presenters and share  your own experiences.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:

  • describe a systemic approach to combating obesity, with strategies that can be implemented in school, workplace, community and early childcare settings
  • identify key issues related to food access in underserved communities and the impact of access to healthy and unhealthy foods on important health indicators
  • explain the role small food stores can play in improving community-level food access, as well as the challenges that need to be addressed when working in these settings. 

 

Presenters

Director, External Affairs & Strategic Iniatives for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control

Division of Family Health Services

New Jersey Departmenet of Health

 

Associate Professor

Division of Epidemiology & Commuinity Health

University of Minnesota

Bike to School Day!

  • May 7, 2014

Bike to School Day has been set for Wednesday, May 7th! Across the US, Bike to School Day is about health, safety and fun. Registration will open in February, but it’s not too early to start planning now to make Bike to School Day 2014 a huge success in your community!

National School Nurse Day

  • May 7, 2014

The School Nurse: Caring for Others. Caring for Ourselves.

National School Nurse Day Background: Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses.

Purpose: National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Date: National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week and National Nurse Week is always May 6th through May 12th.

 

National Bike to School Day

  • May 6, 2014

Webinar: How to Add More Activity into the School Day

  • May 6, 2014

xperts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.  There are many opportunities for physical activity during the school day.  How can parents help promote and support more movement in the classroom, on the playground and beyond? 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:15 ET; 2:00 - 3:15 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:15 MT; Noon - 1:15 pm PT (75 minutes)

Bicycle Rodeo at Tour De Cure

  • May 3, 2014

Visit Safe Routes to School Resource Center at the 2nd annual Columbia Bicycle Rodeo and Family Fun Ride.

Check-in for the Bicycle Rodeo will be at 9:00am on May 3rd. The Bicycle Rodeo will start at 9:30am and last till 11:00am. Following the Rodeo will be a 5-mile Family Fun Ride at 11:00am. Registration information will follow! Please check back for more updates!

Greenville National Bike Month Kick-Off Party

  • May 3, 2014

Let's kick-off Bike Month 2014 in style!! This event will have nonprofit booths, a computer/iPad station for people to sign up for the National Bike Challenge, a bunch of free bike swag, and adult bike games!

Contact: Patricia Carson pcarson@g.clemson.edu

 

Event Time: 11am-2pm

Event Location: Swamp Rabbit Cafe - 205 cedar Lane Road, Greenville

Webinar: Performance measures for non-motorized transportation

  • May 2, 2014

Cities, states, and the federal government have set a number of goals for their transportation systems. Measuring performance to evaluate how policies and investments are contributing to these goals is critical to ensuring progress towards them. However, determining how to measure the performance of bicycle and pedestrian policies and investments is uniquely challenging. Because the focus on bike and pedestrian transportation is a relatively recent phenomenon, there is little agreement about what the goals for these types of policies and investments should be, much less on how progress towards these goals should be measured.

Speakers include Paula Reeves, Manager, Community Design WSDOT Local Programs; Jeff Olson, Principal at Alta Planning and Design; and Robbie Webber, Senior Associate at SSTI.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

  • May 1, 2014

Show your school crossing guard appreciation today and thank them for safely crossing students to and from school! Check with your local SOC for ideas on how to thank your school crossing guard. 

Discussion Forum: The Impact of Walking on the Environment and the Economy

  • April 30, 2014

Safe, walkable communities impact both the environment and economy. To host this discussion and answer your questions, we've invited an expert in each of these areas.

Jackie Ostfeld, Director of Nearby Nature for the Sierra Club, will provide the audience with a brief overview of walking and its impact on the environment and how getting children outdoors and more active will strengthen the environment in years to come. Christopher Coes, Managing Director for LOCUS. a national coalition of real estate developers and investors, will make the case for how intricately linked walking and walkability is to economic growth and vibrant communities. Finally, our experts will help create the synergy between these topics.

This is an interactive discussion forum among participants and these experts in the field. Please submit advance questions when you register below.

Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration.

Kid's Day Lexington

  • April 26, 2014

Visit Safe Routes to School Resource Center at the 14th annual Kid’s Day Lexington!

Kid’s Day Lexington will be at Virginia Hylton Park from 10:00am-3:00pm. Safe Routes to School Resource Center has teamed up with Safe Kids Midlands to hold a Bicycle Rodeo at Kid’s Day Lexington!

Kid's Day of Lexington is fun!  Kid's Day offers educational awareness for families in a fun way.  Kid's Day offers fun food, fun activities, fun stage performances, fun interactive friends, fun art, fun books, fun crafts, fun important stuff and so much more...get the picture?

 

Earth Day

  • April 22, 2014

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd! Earth Day reminds us of yet another reason to walk and bicycle to school – cleaner air!

Here is a simple list of event ideas to help celebrate Earth Day in partnership with your ongoing SRTS program. Let me know if you are planning anything – we’d love to highlight your school on our Facebook page or in our next newsletter!
  1. Plan a Walk and Roll to School event on Earth Day. Use this customizable flyer to help you plan and promote your event!
  2. Plan a trash pick-up event at your school or in the surrounding neighborhoods. Not only will you be beautifying your community, but the kids will be physically active at the same time!
  3. Organize a contest. Have students make posters, write essays, or perform a skit to show how walking and bicycling is good for the environment!
  4. Recognize Environmental Heroes by giving awards to the students who walk and bike on a regular basis. Explain how their transportation choices have a positive effect on the environment.
  5. Host a Dirty Sock event. Have students bring in, or seek donations for, white tube socks. Place the socks over the exhaust piped on cars and run the engine for 30-60 seconds. Talk about the exhaust and its effects on lung health.
  6. Utilize environmental education lesson plans. Talk to students about the environment while teaching science lessons.
  7. Implement a “No Idling” campaign at school. Have students create posters and post them around the parent loop.
  8. Carpool for a day. Encourage families to carpool on Earth Day. Talk about how carpooling helps reduce your carbon footprint.
  9. Participate in the Cool School Challenge. Make it a competition. The class that reduces their carbon dioxide emissions the most can win a prize!
  10. Show videos about air quality. These videos can be played on your morning announcements, in class or during after school care programs.

Web Conference: Programs and Policies to Advance Livability

  • April 17, 2014

The webinar will discuss state policies and programs that support livability and is organized by the FHWA Planning, Environment and Realty department.

Webinar: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, and Healthier

  • April 17, 2014

An increasing number of communities are accelerating their progress through ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ strategies to transform the built environment by taking incremental steps, using low-cost experiments, tapping into local talent, and paving the way toward long-term change. This webinar will discuss some of the best health-promoting ‘LQC’ practices, from street makeovers, to open air farmers’ markets, to pop-up plazas that encourage physical activity.  

Our speakers from the Project for Public Spaces, Kate Rube, Kelly Verel and Philip Winn, will address the importance of creating healthy places and give a quick overview of Placemaking. They will define Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC), outline the design principles used, and present several examples of communities that have used these innovations to improve health.  

Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration.

Discussion Forum: Keeping Pedestrains Safe in Urban and Suburban Communities

  • April 11, 2014
Discussion Forum - A follow-up to our March 20th Webinar

Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Communities

Friday, April 11 |  11:00am - noon PDT / 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

You can register here for this free discussion forum

Find out more about this Discussion Forum and our featured experts

 

Pedestrian safety is on everyone's mind. This discussion forum will dive deeper into the topics presented at our March 20th webinar where Noah Budnick describes NYC's Vision Zero Campaign, working toward zero deaths, zero injuries and zero fear of traffic. And, Michael King discusses community design, specifically suburban settings, and how it can have a positive or negative influence on pedestrian safety. Both Noah and Michael will be present at this discussion forum to answer your questions.

 

This is an interactive discussion forum among participants and experts in this field. Please submit advance questions when you register.  

 

This program is hosted by America Walks and made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), in partnership with the American Public Health Association(APHA).  

Webinar: Statewide Complete Streets: How states are working with communities for friendlier roads

  • April 10, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, NC —  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information
Center (PBIC) is pleased to announce the next free webinar in its Livable
Communities Webinar Series:

Statewide Complete Streets: How
states are working with communities for friendlier roads
Thursday, April 10,
2014
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Across the nation, interest is growing in creating streets that accommodate all road users and not just motorists. As part of this effort, more than 610 regional and local jurisdictions and 27 states have adopted Complete Streets policies or made a written commitment to do so.

This webinar will explore some of the challenges states are facing, particularly in urban areas, in implementing those policies and some of the strategies they have used to overcome those issues.

Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director for the National Complete Streets Coalition, will provide an overview of some of the challenges cities and states face when trying to build complete streets and how the agencies can work together, while representatives from North Carolina, Washington State and Minnesota will discuss how they effectively worked to roll out their Complete Streets efforts, such as statewide training sessions and main street programs.

Presenters include:

  • Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director for the National Complete Streets Coalition
  • Lauren Blackburn, North Carolina DOT Ped/Bike Coordinator
  • Paula Reeves, Washington State DOT Community Design Office Manager
  • Chris Berrens, Senior Planner with Minnesota DOT

Webinar: How Open Spaces Can Improve Health

  • April 9, 2014

Meeting Description:

Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is pleased to present a webinar series exploring various elements of design and planning for the built environment to promote and improve health outcomes for communities.  
 

Design with People in Mind: How Open Spaces Can Improve Health

This webinar will discuss the benefits and challenges of protecting open spaces as a community design strategy that can help build healthier, more prosperous communities, provide more spaces for physical activity and active living, and provide additional co-benefits related to economic development, property value, and climate change/ air and water quality.  Speakers will discuss the economic benefits of preserving open space, detail efforts to reserve open space for youth and community recreation, and how to balance open space and park preservation with economic development in communities lower income communities. Presenters will share examples of successful policy options to promote community open spaces.

National Healthy Schools Day

  • April 8, 2014
This year, National Healthy Schools Day is taking place within National Public Health Week, sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA).  During Public Health Week, Tuesday the 8th is titled 'Don't Panic'.  Don't Panic is focused on readiness and disaster preparedness for communities.  Healthy Schools Day activists can use this day of awareness to address disaster preparedness and prevention in schools.  With your help, National Healthy Schools Day can aid schools, children, parents, teachers, and communities in making sure they are prepared for the next big storm.  APHA also has state affiliates throughout the country who might be interested in your activity, click here for information on your APHA state affiliate.  Click here for more information on National Public Health Week.    
And please remember to register your Healthy Schools Day activity/event HERE so we can add it to our Activities Map!     

 

National Public Health Week

  • April 7, 2014 to April 13, 2014

The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and communities. We strengthen the profession of public health, foster understanding, engagement and support for key public health issues and directly influence public policy to improve global health. Our members represent virtually every public health discipline and are active in more than 40 countries. APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health, convenes an Annual Meeting and Exposition where thousands of participants share the latest public health research and leads public awareness campaigns such as Get Ready and National Public Health Week.

During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.

Webinar: Design Guidelines for Healthy Communities and Schools

  • April 3, 2014

Meeting Description:

Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is pleased to present a webinar series exploring various elements of design and planning for the built environment to promote and improve health outcomes for communities. 

Design Guidelines for Healthy Communities and Schools

This webinar will explore various community and facility design strategies and policies that promote healthy eating and active living and reduce and prevent childhood obesity.   Topics for exploration include zoning and land use policies to encourage physical activity and healthy food access, facility design ideas to improve nutrition and physical activity in schools and workplaces, and best practices for policy implementation and building support among important community stakeholders.

National Walking Day

  • April 2, 2014

National Walking Day is always the first Wednesday each April!

Celebrate this day by walking your child to/from school!

Get Others Involved

  • Begin by inviting coworkers to wear their sneakers to work
  • Encourage employees to get in their 30 minutes of walking that day.
  • Change one of your meetings to a walking meeting, and let your colleagues know why.
  • Start Shopping for some physical activity gear. It shows you support the American Heart Association's walking movement.
  • Host a walk and/or rally to show your commitment to living longer, healthier lives.
  • Get the word out about your walk by first registering for our free, downloadable National Walking Day Tool Kit. In your confirmation e-mail you'll have a link to access posters, flyers, e-mail scripts and more to easily promote National Walking Day in your workplace.
  • Join others across the country and be part of the solution to get America walking.
  • Discover and share more information from the American Heart Association about why physical activity is so important.
  • Rally your family, friends and neighbors to               walk that day - and every day.

Webinar: The Public Health Impact of Community Speed Reduction

  • April 2, 2014

This webinar is intended for public health and transportation professionals seeking to learn more about the public health impact of reducing motor vehicle speed. The presentation will include an overview of the issue and will highlight key recommendations from a recent HRiA report on the issue. Speakers will describe various practical approaches to reducing vehicle speeds at the local level and will describe the role of state level policy in promoting safer speeds.

LiveWell Greenville Healthy School Designation Application Deadline

  • April 1, 2014

LiveWell Greenville is excited to continue the LiveWell at School designation to recognize schools who are creating an environment of healthy eating and active living. This LiveWell at School designation application will give experienced schools a way to demonstrate their success and receive recognition, and give schools who are just getting started a way to think about school health and identify goals for the school year.

All schools that meet the LiveWell criteria, which is based on best practices, will receive $250 to support wellness activities, a plaque and window cling to display at your school and recognition at a year-end celebration. The top scoring elementary school will receive an additional $1000.

In order to complete the application you will need to create a login for the survey. Both the survey link and pdf version are included below.  Please use the pdf version if you would like for planning and rough drafts,  however to complete the final application please fill out the online survey.  Detailed Instructions are listed below the application links. Applications are due April 1, 2014.  Each school submitting an application by the deadline will receive electronic feedback along with notification of their designation eligibility in April.

To access the LiveWell Elementary School Award  Online Application click here
To access the pdf version for planning purposes click here

To access the LiveWell Middle School Award Online Application  click here
To access the pdf version for planning purposes click here

To access the LiveWell High School Award  Online Application click here
To access the pdf version for planning purposes click here

To access the LiveWell Private Charter Award Online Application click here
To access the pdf version for planning purposes click here

Application And Login Instructions

You will be taken to the Select Survey site, which services the LiveWell Elementary School Award application. If you have never used Select Survey for survey completion, you will need to register with this site. To do this, please click register/new user/first time user. This will direct you to the registration page where you will provide a username and password you would like to use for this site as well as your name and email address. Registration allows your application information to be saved for future sessions, which will allow you to complete the application in more than one setting. Once registered, you will be asked to enter your username and password to access the survey.

To access the survey at any point after initial registration, you can use the link above. You will be prompted to enter your username and password to access the application.

The award application is about 50 questions and will take some time to complete. A PDF version and links to the survey can be found above.

Applications are due April 1, 2014.  Each school submitting an application by the deadline will receive electronic feedback along with notification of their designation eligibility in April.

For the schools offering an out of school time program (i.e.: late stay, afterschool, extended day, etc.) as part of their school or in partnership with a community based program (i.e. YMCA, Communities In Schools, etc.), there is another opportunity to earn additional funds and recognition for your school. The LiveWell Greenville Out of School Time designation award is designed specifically for programs providing services to school aged children during out of school time hours. The application will be released early Spring 2014.

Questions about the LiveWell Elementary School Award application:

Email Sarah Shockley, LiveWell Schools Specialist, at gro.ellivneergllewevil@yelkcohss or call at 864-230-7627.

Email Catherine Puckett, LiveWell Schools Specialist, at gro.ellivneergllewevil@ttekcupc or call at 864-238-5304.

Webinar: Building a Wellness Team, Assessing your School’s Wellness Environment & Developing an Action Plan

  • April 1, 2014
Do you need a wellness team to be effective?  Wellness teams come in many shapes and sizes.  Learn how to build a team that will best meet your goals.  Before you know where you want to go, you have to understand where you are.  Learn about different types of school health assessment tools and how they can help move your efforts forward.  What should you consider when creating an action plan for your project?  This webinar covers goal-setting, timelines, your budget, tracking progress and planning for sustainability.
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
2:00-3:15PM ET; 1:00-2:15PM CT; 12:00-1:15PM MT; 11:00AM-12:15PM PT (75 minutes)

Aiken County Bicycle Rodeo

  • March 29, 2014

Come join Aiken Public Safety, Safe Kids Aiken, Eat Smart Move More Aiken, and the Resource Center at Aiken’s Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, March 29th.

The Rodeo will take place on 12:00pm-2:00pm at North Aiken Elementary School.

Participants will be able to participate in a Bicycle Rodeo and other give-aways! Snacks and drinks will be provided to all participants!

Upstate Health and Planning Workshop

  • March 28, 2014

Join Eat Smart Move More SC and SC DHEC for a half-day workshop on planning for better health. Alta Planning + Design, in partnership with the Georgia Healthy Policy Center of Georgia State University, will host four trainings around the state to discuss integrating health into long range planning. The workshop will include a look at how comprehensive plans around the state have addressed health, an introduction to the new policy toolkit developed specifically for SC planners, and an interactive exercise to explore the process of making meaningful policy change in your local community.

This workshop is intended for county and municipal planners, planning commissions, public health professionals, and healthy eating and active living advocates.

All training times are
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

March 28
Upstate
Location TBD in Greenville/Spartanburg County

 
There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Registration details and more information will follow soon!

Conference Call: Collaborating with Health Stakeholders

  • March 26, 2014

Conference Call | Date & Time: Wed, March 26, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Eastern) 
• Registrations will close at Tue, March 25, 2014, 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Bicycling, walking, and public health all go together. This Mutual Aid Call will share how advocates and agency staff have communicated, collaborated, and partnered with health stakeholders to increase their community's physical activity and wellness. 

Webinar: Walking Shouldn't Be Hazardous to Your Health, Part 1:

  • March 20, 2014

About this Webinar

Pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise over the past couple of years. By attending this free webinar, you will find out more about how we can reverse this unsettling trend and make our urban and suburban communities safer for pedestrians.

  • Webinar Date:  Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Time:  11:00am - 12:30pm PT / 2:00pm - 3:30pm ET   
  • This webinar is free 
  • Register here

Walking is the mode of choice for some, and the only choice for many. It is imperative that pedestrian safety becomes a priority for and incorporated into all planning and design processes.

 

This webinar, Walking Shouldn't Be Hazardous to Your Health, Part 1: Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Settings, will provide an overview of tools, campaigns and strategies you can use to work toward a positive impact on pedestrian safety and help reverse pedestrian fatalities and injuries. 

 

Our featured speakers, Noah Budnick and Michael King, are experts in the field of pedestrian safety and the built environment. They will walk you through addressing pedestrian safety in both urban and suburban settings, tackling these issues through campaigns and design.  

  

Featured Speakers

  • Noah Budnick, Deputy Director of Transportation Alternatives NYC. Noah will speak about a pedestrian safety campaign that has been launched in New York City called "Vision Zero."  The Vision Zero NYC campaign's philosophy is based on the refusal to accept that human death or lifelong suffering from injury is an acceptable result of road traffic. At TA, Noah oversees TA's political strategies and government affairs work to improve and increase walking, biking and public transit in New York City. 
  • Michael King, RA, Principal at Nelson Nygaard. Mike will talk about the ever-growing concern of pedestrian safety in suburban communities and design elements to make them safe for pedestrians. With the shift in urban centers and downtowns becoming more expensive, both the need and desire to walk in suburban communities is increasing. Mike designs complete and sustainable streets and street networks.

Webinar: Riding the Path to a Comprehensive School Health Program

  • March 19, 2014
Gearing Up for School Health: Riding the Path to a Comprehensive School Health Program

 

It's hard to enjoy a safe and smooth bike ride to your destination if your tires are low, your brakes are squeaky, and your gear shift is taking the day off.  A successful comprehensive school health program (CSHP) is a little like your bicycle, it must have all components working well to achieve the ultimate goal -- healthier students!  

 

What's so great about healthier students?  The data are in and we can unequivocally say, "Healthy students are better learners!"  A comprehensive school health program can lead your school down the wellness path by guiding the implementation of policies, programs, and activities that improve student health - and prepare them for academic achievement.

 

We are honored to announce that Jessica Lawrence of Cairn Guidance will be a guest speaker for this webinar!  Jessica will share her experiences and lessons learned building successful comprehensive school health programs. Plus, we'll learn about the AMAZING bike ride she did to raise over $22,000 to support the Alliance for Healthier Generation and combat childhood obesity.   

 

So register now for this FREE SPARK webinar and start your journey towards a healthier school environment!

 

Attendees will:

  • Learn the relationship between health issues and education accountability measures
  • Review the CSH model and understand how CSHP fits into that framework 
  • Receive information on how to build a sustainable school health program 
  • Next steps to start building your CSHP program 

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 3pm Pacific, 6pm Eastern

Cost: Free

Who: Grades K-12 teachers and administrators, PE specialists, parents, Coordinated School Health, Health Services, and Food Services staff

Duration: 45 minutes

 

Click Here for more information

 

When you register, click "Show in my Time Zone" to view the webinar time in your local time zone.

Webinar: Pedestrian Safety and the Highway Safety Improvement Program

  • March 13, 2014

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announce a free webinar on HSIP funding for pedestrian safety.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and its applications for addressing pedestrian safety.

Karen Scurry (Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety) will provide an overview of the program and discuss the relationships between the different HSIP programs, eligibility requirements, resources for additional information, and examples of pedestrian focused projects that have used HSIP funds.

The webinar will also feature presentations from two states – Arizona and California – to focus on how HSIP is applied on the state and local level.  Providing these presentations will be Kohinoor Kar (Arizona Department of Transportation) and David Cohen (FHWA California Division).

The presenters will also participate in a question and answer session to answer questions from the attendees.

This webinar is one of the free webinars that FHWA offers quarterly as part of its Pedestrian Safety Focus States and Cities initiatives.  FHWA's Safety Office is trying to aggressively reduce pedestrian deaths by focusing extra resources on the states and cities with the highest pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates. Webinar archives for this series, as well as listings of upcoming sessions, can be found at http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA.cfm.

PBIC offers free, public Webinars approximately every other month. To register for upcoming Webinars and to access archived presentations, please visit http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars.cfm.

Webinar: Accessible Pedestrian Signals

  • March 11, 2014

Accessible Pedestrian Signals provide audible and tactile information about pedestrian signals to those who are blind or visually impaired.

This session will focus on how to design APS installations and how to design intersection corners to provide important information to those who need it most. Topics will include methods of travel by blind or low-vision pedestrians, current ADA and MUTCD standards, installation and design guidance for APS, and design exercises.

Presenters include Daniel Carter, a senior research associate with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and Janet Barlow, president of Accessible Design for the Blind.

This webinar is part of the PBIC's Livable Communities Series.

Saris 5th Grade Bicycle Poster Contest Entry Deadline

  • March 7, 2014

With spring around the corner it is a great opportunity to get our fifth grade students thinking about the bicycle as a way of getting places (for fun or for transportation). Ask each student to create a poster that reveals his or her understanding of the many different values of bicycling (it is fun, healthy and green). Students should make sure their poster follows the contest rules. 

Contact your School Outreach Coordinator for more details. Submit entry by March 7th. We will accept one poster per school. A winner for each territory will be chosen and voting will soon open for schools across SC to vote on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

First Place State Winner: Bicycle, Helmet and Light

Second Place State Winner: Helmet and Light

Third Place State Winner: Helmet

SC Walk to School Day!

  • March 5, 2014

Schools across the state will be celebrating SC Walk to School Day! The official event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5th, but schools will be celebrating throughout March. There are many ways to participate. Schools can plan various walk‐and‐roll to school, park‐and walk, walk at school or walk‐and‐roll from school events. No matter the activity, the goal is to emphasize how walking and biking are healthy and fun activities.

"We Can Change The World Challenge" Applications Due

  • March 4, 2014
The "Change the World Challenge" grant opportunity is a program that encourages classes, schools and communities to form teams to solve environmental problems by creating sustainable, reproducible improvements. Teams should pick an environmental issue at their school and come up with a project that will help combat the issue.
 
Safe Routes to School can even be used as a project aimed at Improving Air Quality!
Some project ideas for air quality improvement may include:
- Weekly Walk to School Days
- Organizing a "Park and Walk" drop off/pick up location away from the campus
- Establishing "Walking School Buses"
- Enforcing an anti-idling program
- Promoting car pooling
 
Project applications are due on March 4, 2014.
Your school could win $5,000 for your green initiatives!

LiveWell Greenville's Healthy Schools and Out-Of-School Time Expo

  • March 4, 2014

Curious about how to increase wellness initiatives such as increased physical activity and healthy snacks in your school of after school program? Join LiveWell Greenville as they present the second annual Healthy Scholls and Out of School Time Expo.  The Expo will feature vendors with healthy fundraising, programs, ideas, and resources. Additionally, educational breakout sessions designed to enhance your school and out of school programming will be offered throughout the day.

The event has 2 sessions: one from 10am-1pm and a second from 3pm-7pm.

Webinar: How to Work with Schools & School Wellness Policies 101

  • March 4, 2014

What is the best approach for accomplishing your school wellness goals?  Who’s who at your school?  How do school wellness policies work, and how can you make yours more effective?  To become a successful advocate for healthy schools, you need to have some basic information about how school systems work and how school wellness policies can help you to achieve your goals.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
4:00PM-5:00PM ET; 3:00PM-4:00PM CT; 2:00PM-3:00PM MT; 1:00PM-2:00PM PT (60 minutes)

CYCLE Kids Grant Deadline

  • March 3, 2014
Fit Kids are Happy Kids Grant – This grant will fund a CYCLE Kids program at school or community-based sites. The CYCLE Kids program is valued at $15,000 and is designed to teach 4th and 5th grade students the proper skills and safe practices of riding a bike in PE classes or in after school care programs. Applications are due by March 3, 2014. The program includes the following:
    • Teacher training and guidebook
    • Student textbooks
    • 10 bicycles
    • 25 helmets
For more information on bicycle curricula, we encourage you to register for this upcoming webinar scheduled for February 20th at 2:00pm. Even if you can’t attend at the scheduled time, by registering for the webinar you should receive an email linking you to the recording after it’s completed.

Webinar: Creating Robust Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Programs

  • February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2013
10:00 – 11:15 AM PST
Instructor: Krista Nordback, Ph.D.  

 

As agencies looking to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure have learned, it doesn’t count if it’s not counted. Counting provides information on the level of intersections, paths and roadways—data already available for motor vehicles but lacking for non-motorized travelers. For the first time, Federal Highway Administration’s Traffic Monitoring Guide now includes a chapter detailing how to monitor bicycle and pedestrian traffic. This webinar explains how to create a robust bicycle and pedestrian count program based on the new guidance. Agencies that show clear evidence of use are more likely to receive funding for projects, so join us and learn how to improve your existing count program or create a new one.



Join us for this inaugural webinar. The webinar is free and open to the public. Registration is required before the start of the webinar in order to send an entry link. Registration is currently open and available until the day of the webinar or until capacity is reached.

Webinar: Using Crosswalk Laws as a Framework for Pedestrian Safety

  • February 25, 2014
  Join this Discussion Forum hosted by America Walks: Using Crosswalk Laws as a Framework for Pedestrian Safety 

This is a free event; however, attendance is limited to the first 65 people who register.

About this Discussion Forum

Using the law as the framework for pedestrian safety campaigns is not the go-to choice for most safety advocates. Yet, when someone gets hurt or the police are urged to "do something," it is the traffic law that governs what can be done.

  • Discussion Forum Date:  Tuesday, February 25th
  • Time:  11:00am - 12:00pm PST / 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST   
  • This Forum is free and limited to the first 65 registrants.
  • If you are one of the first 65 people to register, log-in instructions will be sent to you from GoToWebinar.

Pedestrian law advocate and lawyer Ray Thomas (Portland OR) will present an overview of the nation's crosswalk laws to give attendees a better understanding of the legal framework that supports each pedestrian's rights. He will specifically address:

  1. Traffic law enforcement as a primary step toward creating safer streets and protecting crosswalk rights.  
  2. Making drivers stop BEFORE pedestrians enter the "killing zone."
  3. Laws that will improve pedestrian crosswalk safety in every state.

Find out more about crossing law success in Oregon as well as a summary of state-by-state crosswalk laws here. You'll be able to submit your questions upon registration.

 

Closed Captioning of this webinar is available. Please e-mail webinar moderator Yolanda Savage-Narva at ysavage-narva@americawalks to arrange.

Webinar: Bicycle Safety Education: Implement the Best Curricula for Your Community

  • February 20, 2014

Webinar date: Thursday, February 20th

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Sometimes teaching bicycle safety can feel like rocket science. Between balancing the competing needs of scheduling available classroom time, checking off necessary safety skills, training educators and securing a bike fleet and equipment – choosing and implementing the best curriculum for your community can start to feel overwhelming. Join us as we talk about the important components of bicycle safety curricula and help attendees think through what might be best for their programs. Then we’ll chat with Safe Routes to School Education experts as we dive into the various types of bicycle safety that can be taught in the classroom and the tips and tricks for programmatic success. As a bonus, we’ll be fielding any questions about your bicycle safety programming and related issues during the webinar – please feel free to send your questions ahead of time to dave@saferoutespartnership.org.

Webinar: Making the Case for School Wellness

  • February 19, 2014

Before telling your school community how to change, you have to give them the “why.” Learn how to build awareness, support and momentum for creating healthier school environments by talking about the obesity crisis and the learning connection, reviewing current school customs and sharing best practices and success stories. This webinar will also teach you how to answer common questions and concerns about your school wellness initiatives.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
2:00 pm ET

The US Play Coalition 2014 Conference on the Value of Play: Collaboration and Creativity

  • February 16, 2014 to February 19, 2014

Collaboration and creativity are two key skills in the 21st century and they are naturally developed and encouraged through play. Further, our ability to create partnerships across schools, businesses, parks, medical centers, and communities will increase opportunities for play throughout life and will promote happier, healthier living.

In order to address these important areas, the 2014 conference will feature six tracks: Education, Programming, Park and Recreation, Health, Business/Corporate, and Children’s Museums.

Webinar: Measuring the Pedestrain Streetscape

  • February 13, 2014

Walking is the number one physical activity choice for most people, and, increasingly, an important aspect of our transportation system. Yet, much of our built environment does not support safe, routine and enjoyable walking.  Communities are often unsure of which walkability reforms to focus on, how to prioritize investments or clear about what outcomes they can anticipate.  

This webinar will introduce participants to the Microscale Audit for Pedestrian Streetscape (MAPS) tool that can help communities assess the activity-friendliness of streets, sidewalks, and crossings. Anyone interested in walking and finding ways to create safe, walking environments should join this webinar.  

The MAPS audit tool is based upon 10 years of observational research and can help communities identify the types of micro-level design elements that will result in increased walking for children, seniors and families. These built environment factors are based upon the evidence. The audit tool has been streamlined to 15 items so that community members can accurately use it and results can be easily calculated. 

Attendees will be given an overview of the tool; and presenters will outline the most promising ways for communities to use it. Some of the MAPS studies will be presented, including examples of how the audit results have been used. As well, the type of training needed to best conduct this audit will be discussed.  You can submit advance questions for the presenters when you register.

  

Presenters

 

Webinar Date:  Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time:  Noon - 1:15pm PST / 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST

Find Your Balance Challenge Deadline

  • January 31, 2014

The Find Your Balance Challenge is designed to engage K-5 students in creating practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their school. A teacher/mentor works with a class of students to identify authentic needs on both the nutrition side and the physical activity side of the Energy Balance scale, to write a goal statement to address those needs, and to create a simple action plan to meet those goals.

Visit the Win for Your School section of the Together Counts Website and click on any of the links for the classroom challenge. Click on "Your Application" and follow the steps to begin the registration and application process—or to return to your application.

The application must be filled out completely and include information for all 3 Steps:

1. Identify Need: Describe needs for both sides of the Energy Balance scale

2. Take Action: Create goals and an action plan

3. Create Long Term Change: Describe how your plan and the $30,000 award will help achieve long-term change solutions for Energy Balance in your school.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids Expo: Anderson

  • January 23, 2014

Eat Smart Move More of Anderson County is pleased to announce the first ever Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Expo!

January 23, 2014

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Civic Center of Anderson
3027 MLK Jr. Boulevard

 

All five Anderson County school districts are invited to attend the first Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Expo to learn about resources, organizations, and nonprofits that offer services or products to increase school wellness.  Administrators, teachers, and PTA/PTO members are encouraged to attend.

Expo Agenda:

4:00-5:00           Vendor Fair

5:00-5:15            Introduction

5:15-6:30            Breakout Sessions*

6:30-6:45            Closing Remarks, Drawings**

*Breakout sessions will be conducted to educate both administration/teachers and PTA/PTO members about programs available to schools to increase school wellness, as well as healthy fundraising tips, ways for PTAs to work with food service, and local models of school wellness in Anderson County.

**4 School PTAs/PTOs will receive $1,000 mini-grants through an expo drawing.  Each school representative present at the expo will have a chance to enter in the drawing.

Register by going to: www.healthykidshealthyschoolsexpo.eventbrite.com

Thank you to our featured sponsors: AnMed Health and Lilly Diabetes and our other sponsors: Chartwells School Dining Services and Clarity Wellness, MD.

Webinar: Enhancing Walking and Biking in Rural and Suburban Cities

  • January 23, 2014

Sponsored by the HEAL Cities Campaigns of California, Colorado, the Mid-Atlantic and Northwest, this webinar will cover policy and funding opportunities to enhance the pedestrian and bike infrastructure in rural and suburban cities. Specific topics will include complete streets, safe walking to schools, walking and economic development and federal transportation funds. Speakers will include:

Councilmember Ian Thomas of Columbia Missouri and Board Member of America WALKS will address why walking and biking are key strategies for cities, what policies and programs support them, and how rural communities can tackle their unique opportunities and challenges

Mayor Heidi Williams, Thornton Colorado, will share her cities’ funding strategy for building walking and biking infrastructure in a suburban setting

Planners Kevin Belanger and Rebecca Torma, Rockville Maryland, will share strategies for engaging developers in funding and building walking and biking routes.

Webinar: Biking and Walking to the State House: Organizing State Summits

  • January 22, 2014

Biking and Walking to the State House: Organizing State Summits

Conference Call | Date & Time: Wed, January 22, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Eastern) • Registrations will close at Tue, January 21, 2014, 3:00 PM (Eastern)

More and more advocates across the United States are organizing statewide summits to push active transportation foward at the state level. Join this call to hear from experts in the field about best practices in organizing state bike and/or walk summits. 

Webinar: Putting a Price on Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure

  • January 22, 2014

Nationwide, the demand for walkable and bikeable communities is growing, and creating such communities starts with the built environment. Having appropriate pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure reduces the risk of crashes and injuries, as well as encourages healthier lifestyles through more walking and biking for health and transportation.

Yet, with transportation budgets continually stretched, finding dollars to build walking and bicycling facilities and improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety can be a challenge.

This webinar provides an overview of the cost for installing a variety of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and facilities. It provides meaningful estimates of infrastructure costs based on up-to-date cost information from states and cities across the country. With this information, researchers, engineers, planners, and the general public can better understand the cost of pedestrian and bicycle treatments in their communities and, in doing so, make more informed planning, prioritization, and budgeting decisions.

Presenters include Mike Griffith and Shari Schaftlein with the Federal Highway Administration, Deborah Lou with Active Living Research at the University of California, San Diego, and Charlie Zegeer and Bryan Poole with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.  

Webinar: Liability 201

  • January 16, 2014

Liability 201: January 16th at 2pm Eastern

Join our experts in Safe Routes to School and Liability for a discussion around
the more nuanced issues related to walking school buses, bike trains, remote
drop off and more!

Webinar: Statewide Public Transportation Plan and Bicycle/Pedestrian Considerations

  • January 8, 2014

SC Department of Transportation will hold an online webinar January 8, 2014 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM updating the public on the state's Multimodal Transportation Plan.

The public will be able to comment in an interactive session.

Applications Due: Walk Friendly Communities

  • December 15, 2013
Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the US to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort.
 
Benefits of applying for the WFC designation include being able to identify areas of needed improvements and receive suggestions and resources on how to make the needed changes for pedestrian safety. Your community will also receive national recognition for your efforts.
 
Applications are due December 15, 2013. Please contact your School Outreach Coordinator for assistance with the WFC application.

Webinar: The Critical Role Federal Agencies Play in Creating Safe, Walkable Communities

  • December 9, 2013

Federal agencies play an increasingly important role in supporting, facilitating and implementing programs that directly or indirectly help create safe, walkable environments.  Join us for this webinar to learn about this exciting work!  
  
Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration.

This webianr will highlight projects and programs supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the US Department of Transportation (DOT).  Each agency brings a unique approach to addressing walkable communities, ranging from an emphasis on pedestrian safety to incorporating the arts into walking.

Presenters
Jennifer Hughes joined the National Endowment for the Arts as design specialist in January 2011, managing the Art Works grant program to support design projects nationwide.

Sunaree Marshall is a Program Analyst working in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. 

Lilly Shoup is a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation and leader of the Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, responsible for implementing department-wide policy changes to support livability.

Kathy Sykes has been working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 1998 and in January 2012, she joined EPA's Office of Research and Development as Senior Advisor for Aging and Sustainability. 

This program is made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the American Public Health Association.  

Webinar: Pedestrian Facility Maintenance

  • December 6, 2013

This webinar will provide a review of the new FHWA Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety.  The development of the guide relied on research of the common, accepted and exceptional maintenance practices in the United States.  During the session, participants will learn about common and successful approaches to sidewalk and shared use path maintenance in the U.S., including winter and summer maintenance, basics of a well-rounded maintenance program, and barriers to maintaining facilities. 

Panelists will provide a local perspective on these issues, including case studies from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Ithaca, New York. Following the presentations, panelists will be available for a discussion.

The forthcoming Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety identifies best practices and barriers for sidewalk/shared use path maintenance,  provides examples and experiences from jurisdictions that have developed effective policies for selecting and maintaining pedestrian facilities, and includes a research report with a literature review, review of local maintenance programs including discussions with 50 municipalities and state agencies, and an overall assessment of the current practice of pedestrian facility maintenance.   

Both documents will be available for viewing and downloading at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/tools_solve/ by November 25.

Webinar speakers include Tom Huber of Toole Design Group; Dan Bauer, Supervisor of Sidewalk Inspections, City of Minneapolis; and Aaron (Ari) O. Lavine, City Attorney, City of Ithaca.

Webinar: Transportation Equity

  • December 2, 2013

Transportation Equity: Issues and Approaches to Reduce Disparities in Access to Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities and Programs

Monday, December 2, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

This webinar will cover ways to improve transportation equity and reduce disparities in access to pedestrian and bicycle facilities and programs.

Speakers include Tab Combs, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dana Dickman, a senior planner and programs manager with expertise in community-based nonmotorized transportation planning with Alta Planning and Design; and Keith Holt,a bicycling advocate with United Cycling Voices.

Webinar: Vermont Perspectives on Healthy Community Design

  • November 22, 2013

This webinar will highlight Vermont’s approach to improving the health of communities at the local level. Healthy Community Design provides a sustainable approach to fighting obesity and tobacco use by building healthy, engaged communities. Success stories from across Vermont are featured, showcasing strategiesthat can be used by community leaders/organizers and anyone involved in improving the health of communities.

Empowering Lower-income Communities to Take Advantage of MAP-21 Funds

  • November 21, 2013

More street scale projects can be built in lower-income communities and communities of color by training advocates nationwide on how to have successful meetings with local elected officials about existing funding for pedestrian and bicycle projects, including the new MAP-21 funds. Speakers will provide perspective on the importance of MAP-21 funding in underserved communities, overcoming disparity and violence and increasing health benefits through street scale improvements, and identifying tools and best practices for implementation on the regional, state and local levels. 

Webinar: Building Successful Physical Activity Coalitions

  • November 18, 2013

A research team from the University of South Carolina recently conducted a series of studies aimed at identifying key factors related to why organizations commit to PA coalitions, and whether or not those factors are related to coalition success.  The purpose of this presentation is to share the key factors that organizations considered to be important when deciding to commit to a PA coalition.  Additionally, the purpose is to demonstrate how those factors impact perceived coalition success.  The overall goal of this presentation is to increase understanding of PA coalitions and their organizational members in order improve PA coalition outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to list key characteristics of organizations that commonly join PA coalitions.
  • Participants will be able to list key characteristics of PA coalitions across the U.S.
  • Participants will be able to list critical factors considered to be important for organizational member involvement in PA coalitions.
  • Participants will know which factors for organizational member involvement are related to PA coalition success.

Webinar: How Three State Agencies are Promoting Active Living in Massachusetts

  • November 18, 2013

As “health in all policies” slowly takes hold through initiatives like the National Prevention Strategy, the Affordable Care Act, Community Transformation Grants, and Health Impact Assessments, more and more state agencies outside the traditional health world are getting in on the act. Massachusetts is no exception! In this webinar, you will hear stories of three Massachusetts agencies that are shifting the paradigm by incorporating health goals into their strategic planning and business practices and policies. These agencies, the MA Department of Transportation (DOT), MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), and the MA Water Resources Authority (MWRA), are promoting active living by increasing the number of safe, accessible, and attractive options in the state for physical activity, active transportation, and outdoor recreation. You will learn about creating new public access to long-shuttered aqueduct trails; the development of a Healthy Transportation Directive; and an in-depth needs assessment of state residents’ outdoor recreation preferences to guide land acquisition and restoration spending. Webinar participants will leave with: 1)  New ideas, strategies, and policies for inter-agency cooperation focused on health priorities; 2) An understanding of the internal and external challenges/barriers facing “non-health” agencies in incorporating health goals into the work they do; and 3) a list of  ingredients for successful partnerships across state agencies to help advance active living.

SCAHPERD Conference

  • November 15, 2013 to November 17, 2013

Attend the annual conference for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance professionals in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Webinar: Recreational Trails to Health

  • November 13, 2013

Presented by Beth Shumate. Beth will share examples of recreational trails throughout Montana, and emphasize the important elements of successful multi-use trail projects. The presentation will highlight communities that have integrated school facilities and programs with trails. Beth will outline the upcoming Recreational Trails Program grant cycle and explain who’s eligible and how to apply for funding. She also has been instrumental in establishing Montana's prescription trails program and will describe the program and how communities can get involved.

Webinar: How to Add More Activity into the School Day

  • November 12, 2013

Experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.  There are many opportunities for physical activity during the school day.  How can parents help promote and support more movement in the classroom, on the playground and beyond?  This webinar will provide talking points, ideas and resources for parents to promote and support:

  •      More effective recess
  •      Brain breaks at school
  •      Before and after school activities
  •      Walking and biking to school
  •      Physical activity for middle and high school students

For parents and other interested school community members.

This webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend the live session.  You will receive information about future sessions and other school wellness resources from Action for Healthy Kids.

Facebook Photo Contest: Voting Closes

  • November 8, 2013

International Walk to School Day Photo Contest 

The SC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resource Center is hosting a Photo Contest! We have already received entries from XX schools across the state.

Voting is now open! The winner of our Facebook Photo Contest will receive a SRTS gift basket containing SRTS pencils, stickers and bracelets to be used for on-going SRTS events; a set of safety bookmarks to reinforce safety education messages; a bound copy of the NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Curriculum to implement at your school; and MORE!

The winning photo will also be featured on the SC SRTS Resource Center Facebook page!

Voting will close at 5pm on Friday, November 8th and the winner will be announced on Monday, November 11th.

Shared Use: Is It In You?

  • November 7, 2013

Shared Use: Is It In You?
Engaging School Administrators in the Shared Use of School Facilities to
Increase Physical Activity Opportunities for Kids

Superintendents, school boards and school principals all play a key role in increasing access to physical activity opportunities at schools and in communities. Schools are often viewed as a safe haven and as centers of the community, but many times the doors and gates will be locked after school hours.
Parents and community members need tangible resources to assist them in educating key school administrators about the practices of shared use and how this can help increase physical activity and help in the fight to reverse childhood obesity.
This webinar will provide examples and key resources to assist in starting conversations and building relationships with school board members, school administrators and principals.
School board members have the ability to pass policies that enable shared use practices. Superintendents can work with school board members to shape a vision for shared use from a district-wide level. Principals working with community members and parents can implement shared use practices at their school sites.
We know that school administrators face competing priorities in balancing academic performance with school health issues, so it is important to emphasize both school health and academic performance. During this webinar, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will release new resources to help advocates have those conversations with key school personnel. Shared use strategies can achieve positive outcomes for students’ physical activity and academics.
SPEAKERS:

  • Mikaela Randolph, shared use campaign manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Teresa Dahl, director, Community School Park Program, People for Parks
  • Tracy Bartley, director, Community School Park Program, People for Parks
  • TBD

This free webinar is part of a series of monthly National Learning Network webinars on topics related to Safe Routes to School and other policy and program initiatives that can increase physical activity opportunities in daily life.

Webinar: Planning and Engineering for Biking and Walking

  • November 6, 2013

What are some of the considerations that planners and engineers incorporate when designing and implementing infrastructure for active transportation? How can we bridge gaps between advocates, planners and engineers?

Join us for a call to discuss how grassroots advocates can work with planners and engineers to address their priorities while also making their communities more walkable and bikeable.

Entry Deadline: International Walk to School Day Photo Contest

  • November 1, 2013

We want your International Walk to School Day pictures! The Resource Center will host a Photo Contest on our Facebook page this fall and we'll be looking for pictures that showcase how fun and exciting your event was. Pictures must be sent to your School Outreach Coordinator by Friday, November 1st. Get your cameras ready!

 

The contest winner will receive a prize basket containing: SRTS pencils, stickers and bracelets to be used for on-going SRTS events; a set of pedestrian safety and bicycle safety bookmarks to reinforce safety education messages; a bound copy of the NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Curriculum to implement at your school; and MORE!

Webinar: Making the Case for Active Communities

  • October 23, 2013

This webinar is the third webinar in the Building Active Communities Initiative Webinar Series. The presentation will offer strategies for how public health professionals and active community proponents can effectively reach out to potential partners in government, business and civic organizations. It will also provide suggestions for how best to make the case for non-motorized transportation projects and how to avid and dispel conflict that may arise.

National School Bus Safety Week

  • October 21, 2013 to October 25, 2013

Almost every student will ride in a school bus at least once this school year! Whether it’s to school, on a field trip or to an after school care program, it’s important to go over school bus safety!

 

National School Bus Safety Week is October 21-25. Here are some ideas to help celebrate:

- Incorporate NHTSA’s Bus Safety Lessons into PE class. Click here to download the individual lessons.

- Host a Poster Contest or Speech Contest. This year’s contest theme is “At my Stop – You Stop”. Click here to download the guide with more information. Poster contest entries are due October 15th.

- Watch school bus safety videos in class or play on your morning announcements.

 

National School Bus Safety Week provides an opportunity to discuss getting to school safely with your students who ride the bus!

Application Deadline - Voices for Healthy Kids:Active Places

  • October 18, 2013

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership serves as the expert for increasing access to parks, playgrounds, walking paths, bike lanes and other opportunities to create active places and increase physical activity.  Our charge for the Voices for Healthy Kids: Active Places initiative is to build sustainable shared use and street scale advocacy efforts that will work to change policy at the local and state level, with a specific focus on addressing equity in underserved communities (i.e. low-income areas and communities of color).

Voices for Healthy Kids:  Active Places provides an important opportunity for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to work with local and state partners to engage underserved communities in an authentic way around securing shared use agreements and street scale improvements.  A large part of this effort is premised upon the bringing together of targeted and sometimes unconventional partnerships and building the capacity for advocates to make long term changes that benefit their communities.  Active Places effort will broaden the scope of influence, and bring fluency about active transportation resources and policies to organizations that are well trusted in these communities and create a new diverse generation of advocates and achieve positive policy change.

Technical assistance can range from providing resources, to assisting with the creation of campaign plans and platforms, to providing communications strategies and coaching to ensure a successful campaign.  Simply describe your community need in detail on the application form provided and our staff of experts will assess and work with each applicant to discuss your particular situation and goals. They are currently seeking applications, due October 18, 2013.

Webinar: Building a School Wellness Team

  • October 17, 2013

Do you need a wellness team to be effective?  Wellness teams come in many shapes and sizes.  Learn how to build a team that will best meet your goals.  Before you know where you want to go, you have to understand where you are.  Learn about different types of school health assessment tools and how they can help move your efforts forward.  What should you consider when creating an action plan for your project?  This webinar covers goal-setting, timelines, your budget, tracking progress and planning for sustainability.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

3:00-4:15PM ET

Deadline: Champions of the Enviornment Grant

  • October 15, 2013

DHEC’s Champions of the Environment is an award program for environmental projects. Projects must make a difference within the community and create a lasting difference.

 

Safe Routes to School is listed as a "recommended project idea" for Preventing or Reducing Pollution in the Air! Request a Walking School Bus Information Session now to get you started!

 

Schools can earn up to $2,000 to use for their project. Applications are due on October 15, 2013.

 

Click here to review the application and learn more about this opportunity!

Fountain Inn Elementary SRTS Infrastructure Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  • October 9, 2013

Fountain Inn, SC – Fountain Inn Elementary School will unveil the newly constructed walking and bicycling improvements on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

Staff, community members, families and students will celebrate the completion of a new trail connection with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The event will begin at 7:00am with a Walk to School Day event in which participants will meet at Fairview Street Park (410 Fairview Street, Fountain Inn) and will walk along the trail to school.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin at 7:30am and will take place on campus where the trail connects with the school.

Fountain Inn Elementary is a recipient of the Safe Routes to School grant funding administered by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).  The project included collaboration with the City of Fountain Inn and the Greenville County School District, both of which played vital roles in the project’s completion.  The scope of work included installing over 2,300 feet of multi-use bike and pedestrian pathways.  The project also included the installation of handicap accessible sidewalks near the entry areas of Fountain Inn Elementary School and the Fountain Inn Activity Center.  Lynn Starr Construction completed the project in September 2013.

To learn more about the SC Safe Routes to School program, please visit the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center website at www.SCsaferoutes.org, or visit the SCDOT website at http://www.scdot.org/getting/safeRoutes.aspx.

International Walk to School Day 2013

  • October 9, 2013

Celebrate International Walk to School Day with other schools in South Carolina and throughout the world!

Pine Street Elementary SRTS Infrastructure Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  • September 26, 2013

Spartanburg, SC – Pine Street Elementary School will unveil the newly constructed walking and bicycling improvements on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

Staff, community members, families and students will celebrate the completion of new sidewalks and a connection to the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The event will begin at 10:30am and will include a “walking tour” of the infrastructure improvements.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will also help jumpstart excitement for International Walk to School Day on October 9th.   

Pine Street Elementary is a recipient of the Safe Routes to School grant funding administered by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

To learn more about the SC Safe Routes to School program, please visit the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center website at www.SCsaferoutes.org, or visit the SCDOT website at http://www.scdot.org/getting/safeRoutes.aspx.

For additional event information, please contact Anne Chapman-Jeter at 864-594-4470.

Webinar: Let’s Get Moving to Help Underserved Communities

  • September 26, 2013

Childhood obesity affects the entire country, but it does not affect all communities equally. Children and all people living in underserved communities are likely to face greater challenges in reversing patterns of inactivity and poor health. 

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is very pleased to be partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association on the new Voices for Healthy Kids initiative to reverse childhood obesity by 2015.  In this webinar, we will explain our new role leading the Active Places Hub and how we can support you to win campaigns at the state and local level that will increase shared use agreements and street scale improvements.  

For this webinar, we are also partnering with Active Living Research to present information on increasing physical activity opportunities in underserved communities with a specific focus on reducing disparities and increasing activity in lower-income communities and communities of color.  

SPEAKERS:
Deb Hubsmith, Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Dr. Jim Sallis, Program Director, Active Living Research 

Mikaela Randolph, Shared Use Campaign Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Keith Benjamin, Streetscale Campaign Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Webinar: Progress and Opportunities in Wellness Policy Provisions

  • September 25, 2013

This webinar will: (1) Provide a brief review of the Progress and Opportunities in Wellness Policy Provision report compiled by the Bridging the Gap Research program, (2) Discuss how this report information can be used locally, (3) Share implementation tips and strategies, and (4) Provide an opportunity to address participant questions and concerns.

Augusta Circle Elementary SRTS Infrastructure Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  • September 24, 2013

Greenville, SC – Augusta Circle Elementary (ACE) School will unveil the newly constructed sidewalk on Tomassee Avenue on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6pm.

Staff, families, students and community leaders will celebrate the completion of this sidewalk with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 6pm during the school’s annual “Fall Family Night.” Fall Family Night will be from 5:30pm until 7:00pm and is designed for parents and students to meet their classroom teacher, visit the book fair in the cafeteria and join other school families for a picnic dinner on the playground.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will also help jumpstart excitement for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 9th and the new “Walk & Wheel Wednesday” program ACE is implementing this year.

Augusta Circle Elementary is a recipient of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant funding administered by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), a Silver Partner with the SRTS Partnership Program, and is currently participating in a SRTS Enhancement Plan Study through a Community Transformation Grant awarded to LiveWell Greenville by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

To learn more about the SC Safe Routes to School program, please visit the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center website at www.SCsaferoutes.org, or visit the SCDOT website at http://www.scdot.org/getting/safeRoutes.aspx.

For additional event information, please contact Krista Bannister at 864-616-5257.

Town of Snelling Bike Rodeo

  • September 21, 2013

Come visit Barnwell, SC for their first annual Bike Rodeo in the Town of Snelling! On Saturday, September 21st from 9:00am-12:00pm at Snelling Town Park (436 Hill Street, Barnwell, SC) a Bicycle Skills Event for all Ages will take place! City of Barnwell, Eat Smart Move More Barnwell County, SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, and Safe Kids Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun Counties will be at the event!

For More Information Please Call: 803.259.1985

Worldwide Day of Play

  • September 21, 2013

On Worldwide Day of Play, Nickelodeon channel turns off and goes dark so kids can get up, get out, and go play! To celebrate, you can plan a Worldwide Day of Play event with your school, organization, or community. It’s fun and totally doable! The event can be big, small, an hour long, or all day. All you have to do is play!

 

Encourage youth to play by planning group bicycle rides or group walks!

Ready-Get Set-Go-Keep Going!

  • September 17, 2013

Remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time or walking to school that first day? You were on your own, independent to go out into the world, joined by friends and enjoyed an adventure by walking or biking to school. What better way to bring this experience back to your children and other families, than to plan a Walking and Biking to School event this October.  Join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership as they provide information on the importance of walking and biking to school, including “how to” plan an event, resources to get you started and tips to keep them biking and walking all year long.

Presenters:

  • Rosie Mesterhazy, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, School and Family Engagement Manager
  • Michelle Owens, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, National Student Wellness Advisor

September 17, 2013 at 3:00 ET for a live discussion will include information about:

  • Accessing Walking and Biking to School Planning and Outreach Materials
  • How Walking and Biking to School can meet  Healthy Schools Program and Let’s Move Active Schools Framework Criteria
  • Resources provided by the new Fire Up Your Feet Program, a collaboration between Kaiser Permanente, National PTA and Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Child Passenger Safety Week

  • September 15, 2013 to September 21, 2013

Safe Routes to School primarily focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety – but it’s also important to provide safety education for those students who arrive to school in cars, trucks and vans!

Child Passenger Safety Week provides an opportunity to help kids stay safe in their car!

Ideas may include:

-        Contacting your local Safe Kids coalition to schedule a presentation for parents or students.

-        Working with Safe Kids to host a car seat check at your school.

-        Air a Child Passenger Safety PSA on your morning announcements and on a TV in your office or lobby.

-        Include some safety tips for parents in your school newsletter.

-        Have students play some online, interactive games or print some coloring sheets for an in-classroom activity!

National Grandparents Day

  • September 8, 2013

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 8th.

Walking provides a healthy, and free, opportunity to bring families together! Celebrate by planning a Walk TO School Day event the following week and invite all the Grandparents to walk with the students! If your school is interested in serving breakfast, coordinate a healthy breakfast to be served to all walkers and Grandparents once they get to school.

You can even use this event to recruit Grandparents as Walking School Bus leaders!

Webinar: Authentic Middle School Youth Engagement in Safe Routes to School

  • September 5, 2013

Successfully engaging middle school youth in Safe Routes to School projects and programs can prove challenging for advocates, facilitators, teachers and after school programs alike. This webinar will provide an overview for working with middle school youth and look at programs and practices that have effectively and authentically engaged youth in active transportation efforts around their schools.

Student Travel Tally Month

  • September 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013

This September will be Student Travel Tally Month with the Resource Center. The Student Travel Tally is a quick, in-class survey that provides valuable information on student travel patterns. Collecting tallies on an annual basis is a great way to track the impact of your SRTS program. Completing student tallies will also help your school move up to a Silver Level partner with the Resource Center!

Provide one form to each homeroom teacher during the same week in September. Each teacher will ask their students on two days during that week how they arrived to school. Once the forms are completed, contact your local School Outreach Coordinator, and we'll help get your forms to the National Center for processing. Your school will then receive a complete report of your students' travel patterns!

Another great way to evaluate your Safe Routes to School program is to complete the Parent Survey. Put this survey in your school's back to school registration packets, or hand it out at the first PTA meeting! The parent survey can also be completed online. Contact your local SOC for more information.

Sandhill Trails Guided Hike

  • August 17, 2013

Palmetto Health: Office of Community Health and Sesquicentennial State Park will be hosting a free guided hike on Saturday, August 17th, 2013. The event will start at 9:00am and end at 11:00am. Space is limited, so register today!

Zoning for the Public's Health: Using Mixed-Use Zoning to Increase Walkability and Reduce Crime

  • August 15, 2013

On Thursday, August 15th at 1:00pm, join this webinar to learn how neighborhood design can play a significant role in public health. Recent research explores mixed-use zoning and the laws that impact this type of zoning, and how well-planned zoning could help reduce crime and increase neighborhood walkability-- two outcomes integrally tied to improved public health. In this webinar, presenters will share the latest public health law research that supports these findings, describe a new method for evaluating zoning laws, examine case studies from the East and West Coasts, and highlight some of the challenges involved in such policy work.

Presenters:

Carol Cannon, M.A., Research Scientist, The CDM Group, Inc.

John MacDonald, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Criminology, Director, Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, Associate Professor of Criminology

Rachel Johnson Thornton, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Countdown to Kindergarten

  • August 9, 2013

Calling all families with a child starting Kindergarten this month - Join your friends at The Children's Museum of the Upstate to celebrate entering school. Meet community partners who can help you and your child succeed during the academic year and learn about different resources and programs available through school!

National Night Out

  • August 6, 2013

National Night Out is August 6, 2013! NNO’s purpose is to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police and community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie.

Celebrations across America include events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

National Stop on Red Week

  • August 4, 2013 to August 10, 2013
National Stop on Red Week is August 4-10th!
This campaign is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of running red lights through education and enforcement efforts.
Schools may participate by:
  • Encouraging parents to sign a “Safe Driving Pledge”. Have it ready to go home with them during registration or meet your teacher night. Also include in the first school newsletter.
  • Asking your school staff to wear the color red that week as a reminder to “Stop on Red”.
  • Airing PSAs on the television in your school office and upload them to your website.

Webinar: How Highway Safety Funds Can Boost Safe Routes to School

  • August 1, 2013

On Thursday, August 1st, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar: 
How Highway Safety Funds Can Boost Safe Routes to School: Tapping into the Highway Safety Improvement Program

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a program of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that is focused on reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries, but can also be used on local roads. Bicycle and pedestrian projects – including non-infrastructure education and encouragement campaigns - are eligible for HSIP funding, but this funding source is infrequently accessed for these purposes. During this webinar, attendees will hear from the FHWA on the origin of the funding, criteria for its use, and innovative approaches to accessing HSIP dollars for bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs.

Webinar: Simple Steps for Policy and Environmental Change

  • July 23, 2013

To make the healthy choice the easy choice for your students and coworkers, it's essential to examine how your policies and physical environment are currently supporting good health.

Whether you are looking to create a new workplace policy or strengthen the implementation of an old one, this webinar will help you consider ways to promote healthy lifestyles through tobacco-free campus policies, healthy food policies, and policies that promote physical activity during the day. 

In this webinar you will review how to:

-         Build your timeline for engaging leadership

-         Structure communications

-         Build a committee to help create and pass policies

-         Sustain implementation of policies over time

Webinar: Where Are We on Transportation Alternatives?

  • July 22, 2013

Where are we on Transportation Alternatives?

One year after Congress passed a new transportation law, MAP-21, federal and state governments are making decisions on how to implement the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). On this webinar, hear from the teams at Advocacy Advance and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership about the funding picture at the state and local level and how advocates can influence the process. Join us on July 22 at 2 p.m. EDT

Webinar: Healthy Communities: Neighborhood Planning through a Health Equity Lens

  • July 18, 2013

Meeting Description:

The Community Transformation Grant program creates healthier communities by making healthy living easier and more affordable where people work, live, learn and play. Communities are encouraged to make structural changes to the built environment and establish policies that facilitate healthier living through the development and implementation of initiatives that prevent chronic diseases. This approach is particularly critical in communities with the greatest health and economic disparities. This webinar will feature stories of successful collaboration between public health and planning in Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas, and demonstrate the positive impact attention to health equity has in neighborhood planning.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of equity considerations in planning and how a focus on health can serve as a way to engage the community in the planning process and be a guide for prioritizing planning strategies.
  • Discuss the Healthy Living Assessment developed in Seattle and its use as a tool to include health in the planning process at the neighborhood level and use health as the guide for developing the neighborhood plan.
  • Identify the various strategies the Fort Worth Planning Department has utilized in neighborhood planning, particularly regarding equity concerns, and discuss the sustainable urban villages the department has been working on.
  • Demonstrate how the Tarrant County Public Health Department has been a partner in the planning process.
  • Explain how planning is integral to improving health throughout the county and what kind of capacity needs to be developed so that planners and health professionals can better work together.

 

If you have any questions, please contact emma.din@apha.org.

Webinar: Understanding the Hospital Community Benefit Requirement and the Commnuity Health Needs Assessment

  • July 16, 2013

Date & Time 

Jul 16, 2013 3:00pm EDT

The past few years have seen many changes in mandates, reporting and oversight related to community benefits. One major area of change is the requirement that all not-for-profit hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and adopt an implementation plan by the end of their 2013 fiscal year.  

Plan to join Jessica Curtis JD, Director of the Hospital Accountability Project at Community Catalyst, and Julie Willems Van Dijk, Deputy Director, County Health Roadmaps, who will discuss the concept of community benefits, specific requirements related to community health needs assessment and implementation plans and explore examples of how hospitals, public health and other community partners can work together to meet these requirements. 

Cyclefest

  • July 13, 2013

Come and learn about the cycling resources available in Greenville County! The SRTS Resource Center, Greenville Spinners, Upstate SORBA, Greenville Cycling Center and more will be represented.

 

Cyclefest will last from 2pm to 4pm at the Greenville County Main Library (25 Heritage Green Pl. Greenville, SC 29601). Call 864-527-9293 for more information.

Webinar: Harnessing the Power of GIS for Safe Routes to School

  • July 11, 2013

Date: July 11, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Safe
Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details &
Registration: http://bit.ly/17g7DWx

Webinar: Creating Positive Change with Temporary Infrastructure Improvements

  • June 27, 2013

For many students and families, a lack of sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly crossings are what stands in the way of walking to school. Infrastructure improvements can make a powerful difference in safety and overall appeal for walking, but construction projects can be expensive and can take a long time from funding to design, permitting, and completion.

Temporary infrastructure improvements can bridge the gap from identified need to completed construction, can encourage communities to prioritize projects, or, in some cases, can even serve as a long-term substitute to an infrastructure project.

In this webinar, Joan Horton and Jeanne Marsala will relate how they used temporary engineering solutions to create positive change in their communities. Join us on Wednesday, June 12, for these success stories and tips for trying temporary engineering solutions in your community.

Presenters:

  • Joan Horton, the Executive Director of the Development Authority in Clawson, Michigan, created temporary median refuge islands made of pallets, planters, and Bike to School Day signs at two busy downtown intersections to show how safety could be improved for all users. Learn how she did it and how the town reacted to the test configuration.
  • Jeanne Marsala, the Director of the Safe Kids Clark County Coalition in Las Vegas, Nevada, developed a way to “install” temporary crossings and medians to improve the safety for students walking and biking to school. Hear how she came to the idea, and how she’s using it daily to improve walking conditions for students at arrival and dismissal times.


Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (Please note that this is a Wednesday!)
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar: Incorporating Environmental Public Health Tracking into Health Impact Assessments

  • June 27, 2013
Want to learn how you can leverage data from the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network for health impact assessments (HIA)? Then join us for a co-presentation by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Environmental Public Health Tracking and Climate & Health Programs describing their successful use of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) data in Health Impact Assessments. Speakers will discuss opportunities for intersection between HIA and tracking data and will also provide participants with a national perspective on the uses of health impact assessments and the Tracking Network.  
 
This is the second in a three-part series of Environmental Public Health Tracking Program webinars co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Register today.

Webinar: Recommended Practices for Accommodating Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Interchanges

  • June 25, 2013

ITE Recommended Practices on Accommodating Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Interchanges Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time  

To register, please visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/965985402.  

This webinar will present the draft Recommended Practice soon to be released by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) on Accommodating Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Interchanges. 

The membership of the ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Council (PBC) has long recognized concerns regarding pedestrian and bicyclist safety at interchanges as a key barrier to increasing the walk and bike mode shares in our transportation networks.  While some local and regional jurisdictions have already developed interchange design guidance to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists, currently a collection of best practices is not available in the U.S. or Canada.    In response, the PBC initiated a series of interactive workshops over three years to discuss interchange design issues and opportunities with regard to pedestrian and bicyclist safety and accommodation.  These workshops focused on the following types and aspects of interchanges: 

1. On-ramps

2. Off-ramps

3. Single-point urban interchanges (SPUIs)

The purpose of this report and webinar is to summarize the recommendations from these workshops to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and accommodation at interchanges.  The guidelines identify specific dimensions, safety features, signage, pavement markings, design geometries and other treatments.  These best practices may provide insight into future updates of statewide or federal Highway Design Manuals.

Speakers include Matthew Ridgway, principal with Fehr & Peers; Meghan Mitman, associate at Fehr & Peers; and Mariana Parreiras, senior transportation planner/engineer, with Fehr & Peers.

Go Skateboarding Day

  • June 21, 2013

About Go Skateboarding Day

Date: June 21, every single year.

What It’s All About: On June 21 skateboarders around the globe will celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most infuential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding. OK, most skateboarders do this every day of their lives, but this is just one more reason to blow off your television/computer/video games and go skateboarding!

Use this day to talk to children and community members about helmet safety and pedestrian safety!

Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School

  • June 20, 2013
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On Thursday, June 20, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar: 
Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments
Register here: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2966698222397818112
Municipal transportation departments work to move people safely from one place to the other no matter how they choose to get there. Safe Routes to School practitioners should connect with transportation departments to affect long- and short-term planning and to ensure that the vision for future transportation improvements includes opportunities for safe and accessible connections to schools via walking and bicycling.
Please join us as we talk with staff from municipal transportation departments that prioritize walking and bicycling in a number of ways, including housing Safe Routes to School staff.
SPEAKERS:
  • Gabe Graff, Safe Routes to School Organizer, City of Portland
  • Nancy Nichols, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, City of Fort Collins
  • Dave Cowan, program manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
This free webinar is part of a series of monthly National Learning Network webinars on topics related to Safe Routes to School and other policy and program initiatives that can increase walking and bicycling to school and in daily life. 

Webinar: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments and Practitioners

  • June 20, 2013

June 20th, 2013 @ 2pm Eastern – Register here

Join in discussion about how Safe Routes to School advocates can support municipal transportation departments and practitioners in identifying ways to safely get children active commuting to school.

Webinar: Building Healthier Communities through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties

  • June 19, 2013

First lady, Michelle Obama, calls on local leaders to take action to prevent childhood obesity and to make their communities a healthier place to live. Join this webinar to learn about tools, resources and recognition opportunities available to counties through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and hear about ways that counties have enhanced their local efforts in promoting improved nutrition and increased physical activity in their communities.

Better Block Duncan

  • June 15, 2013

Join our friends over at Upstate Forever on June 15 for Better Block Duncan a free demonstration event, open to the public and designed to raise awareness of the Duncan's vision for the future with a temporary build-out of improvements supported by programmed activities.

The Better Block Duncan Pop-up Park & Marketplace will bring downtown Duncan to life with pop-up businesses and venues for active living. We'll have BBQ, bi  cycling (scout bike rodeo and community rides--BYOB--bring your own bike), yoga, zumba, and musical entertainment (headliner: Spartanburg's Fayssoux McLean at 1:00 pm).

Carolina Foothills Artisan Center will host a pop -up shop and Hub City Farmer's Market's Mobile Market Truck will offer fresh produce for purchase. Partners for Active Living will operate HubCycle on site, a bike share program open to the public. Cracker Barrel will host checkers and corn hole in the Pop-up Park!

Walk for Fathers

  • June 15, 2013

Midlands Fatherhood Coalition Presents: Walk For Fathers at 1821 Hampto Street to Five Points Columbia South Carolina starting at 9:00am. For more information call 803.933.0052 

Walk Friendly Communities Application Deadline

  • June 15, 2013

The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies.

At the core of the WFC program is a comprehensive assessment tool that evaluates community walkability and pedestrian safety through questions related to engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. The assessment tool questions are intended to both evaluate conditions for walking and provide communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity.

Modeled after the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Communities,” WFC distinguishes cities and towns that are leading the way in walkability. WFC is the first program to highlight communities for their walkability initiatives and programs, while also offering feedback to assist communities in improving walkability.

WFC is a national recognition program to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to a high priority for safe walking. Assessing the communities’ commitment to improve conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort, PBIC makes designations based on a Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level, and all communities receive detailed feedback on where and how they can improve. A list of current Walk Friendly Communities is available at www.walkfriendly.org/communities.

Officially launched in October 2010, the WFC program is funded by FedEx Corp. and the Federal Highway Administration. For more information, visit www.walkfriendly.org, or direct your questions to info@walkfriendly.org.

Webinar: Progress and Opportunities in Wellness Policy Provisions

  • June 11, 2013

Action for Healthy Kids and Bridging the Gap are pleased to bring you the webinar “Progress and Opportunities in Wellness Policy Provisions: Latest Nationwide Results from the Bridging the Gap Program” on June 11, 2013. The webinar will be held live from 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET / 2:00 - 3:30 PM CT / 1:00-2:30 PM MT and 12:00 - 1:30 PM PT.

This webinar will feature guest presenter Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, MHS, from the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois –Chicago. Dr. Chriqui will share an overview of the recently released Bridging the Gap Report on school wellness policies, and she will: (1) highlight progress and opportunities relative to wellness policies nationwide based on the most recent data compiled by the Bridging the Gap Research program, (2) present new data on reporting requirements included in the wellness policies, and (3) discuss the relevance of the wellness policies to forthcoming rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and roles that district and school level officials can play vis-à-vis the federal rulemaking process.
This webinar is sure to be popular, and space may fill quickly. Be sure to reserve your spot today! Register here: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/events/event/32

Green Gym Day

  • June 9, 2013

Whether you're an individual, a parent, a group, a business,  a government agency, or a nonprofit organization--you're invited!  June 9th is your day to get out of whatever box you're in and get outdoors. Take advantage of the freedom and opportunity to spend time moving your body around in a park, or other outdoor space.  Invite others and be part of the movement to get parks on more people's radar as a place to take a walk, play a game of catch, take part in a class, or join a team sport.  

Webinar: Model Pedestrian Safety Programs

  • June 6, 2013

Pedestrian fatalities, over the past couple of years have increased, while overall traffic fatalities have declined. As a result, transportation organizations and other agencies that focus on health and recreation have taken a close look at developing safety programs designed to protect people who are walking and rolling.

This webinar will feature two such programs with two different origins (health and transportation), but with one goal in mind: protecting pedestrians from injuries and fatalities. The webinar will focus on:
• Getting buy-in from decision-makers
• Details of developing a pedestrian master plan
• Implementation of a pedestrian master plan
• The intersection of health and transportation

The webinar is on Thursday, June 6 from 2:00-3:30pm.

World Environment Day

  • June 5, 2013

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.

The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

Through World Environment Day, the United Nations Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.

Everyone counts in this initiative and World Environment Day relies on you to make it happen! We call for action — organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, stop food waste, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless.

Whatever you do, tell us about it! We will post your activities on this website.

National Trails Day

  • June 1, 2013

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America's magnificent Trail System, occuring annually on the first Saturday in June.  NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. 

Celebrate National Trails Day on the Palmetto Trail! The Palmetto Conservation Foundation will be hosting an event at Poinsett State Park the weekend of June 1! This free event will include kids games and activities, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and more. 

Webinar: Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool

  • May 28, 2013

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announce a free webinar about a tool for selecting safety projects and potential applications for pedestrian safety:

Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time


To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/962394562.


The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool and the potential application to address pedestrian safety issues. The Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool outlines a risk-based approach to safety management to complement traditional “hot spot” analyses. The tool presents a step-by-step process to conduct systemic safety planning to identify highway safety improvement projects for widespread implementation on particular system of roads. The tool also presents a mechanism to determine an appropriate balance of investments between site-specific and systemic safety improvements. Finally, the tool concludes with a discussion of various approaches to evaluate systemic safety improvements.
 
A case study will be used to show the potential application of the systemic approach to safety to target pedestrian safety issues. The case study will illustrate potential risk factors associated with pedestrian crashes, and how those risk factors can be used to identify and prioritize pedestrian safety projects for implementation. 
 
The presentation will be delivered by Karen Scurry of the FHWA Office of Safety, and Howard Preston of CH2M HILL. At the conclusion of the webinar, both speakers will be available for questions and discussion.

HHI Children's Bicycle Safety Town Event

  • May 25, 2013

Families are invited to the “Safety Town” where children will learn how to bike safely through a unique, child size town with stop lights, crosswalks, etc. This event is sponsored by the HHI Rotary Club and will take place on the HHI School Campus at 10:00 am.

Webinar: BMI Collection in Schools

  • May 20, 2013

Please join Est Smart, Move More SC on Monday, May 20th, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., for a Network Sharing Call, BMI Collection in Schools, hosted by Eat Smart, Move More SC’s Supporting Community Action Committee.  This will be an opportunity to network and learn how two communities have worked with schools to gather BMI measures. During this call we will highlight successes in Spartanburg and Beaufort/Jasper Counties. 

Learn More about: 
• Getting schools’ buy-in 
• BMI data collection 
• The benefits of BMI data 

The purpose of this call is to create an interactive venue in which local coalitions can learn from other community's experiences, successes, and challenges.

Dorchester County Health Fair and Bicycle Rodeo

  • May 18, 2013

When: Saturday, May 18. 10:00am- 3:00pm.

Where: Dorchester County Human Services Building. 500 North Main Street, Summerville.

What: Bicycle Rodeo and Health and Safety Fair for all ages! Health and Safety vendors will be providing information and activities. Bring your bicycle to ride through the bike safety course. Free children's bike helmets while supplies last!

Webinar: Educating School Boards and Principals

  • May 16, 2013

May 16th, 2013 @ 2pm Eastern – Register here
Join this hour-long webinar where you’ll explore strategies that principals and school boards are currently employing to encourage more walking and bicycling to school.

Webinar: Built Environment Approaches for Improving Community Health

  • May 9, 2013

The built environment — our neighborhoods and communities where we live, learn, work and play — has an impact on physical activity levels, access to healthy food, transportation behaviors and, ultimately, health outcomes. This webinar will feature two counties that have taken different approaches to changing the built environment around them in order to improve the health of their communities. Public health and development officials from Kane County, Ill., will describe their model for collaborative public policy planning and implementation and discuss the implementation of their 2040 Master Plan, which fully integrates public health into land use and transportation decisions. Representatives from Manatee County Health Department in Florida will discuss the development of a Complete Streets policy to reduce pedestrian and bicycling injuries and increase opportunities for biking and walking.

National Bike to School Day

  • May 8, 2013

Participate in the second annual National Bike to School Day

Webinar: School Siting - Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities for Communities and Decision-makers

  • May 8, 2013
This webinar will help districts, schools, and communities understand the importance of school siting and the impacts on economic development, communities, public health, and the environment.  A panel of experts from U.S. EPA, Suzi Ruhl, J.D., M.P.H, Senior Attorney Policy Advisor in the Office of Environmental Justice; Regina Langton, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Sustainable Communities; and Suganthi Simon, Pollution Prevention Coordinator, Region 4, will provide participants with information and tools that can help districts, schools, and communities weigh school siting decisions.

International Level Crossing Awareness Day

  • May 7, 2013

ILCAD (International Level Crossing Awareness Day) was created to raise awareness among road users and pedestrians of the risks at level crossings and to change their behavior.

Webinar: Economic Impact of Ped/Bike Facilities

  • May 7, 2013

Building pedestrian and bicycle facilities don’t just add new transportation or recreation options to a community, they bring economic value. This webinar will focus on the economic impact of new or expanded bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
 
Presenters Darren Flusche with the League of American Bicyclists, Ginny Sullivan with the Adventure Cycling Association and Mark Wyatt with the Iowa Bicycle Coalition will discuss the latest research highlighting the dollar value bicycle and pedestrian projects bring to a community as well as offer compelling examples of pedestrian and bicycle projects from entire states, to big cities to rural areas.

Adventure Out Family Fitness Day

  • May 4, 2013

Adventure Out Family Fitness Day: The kickoff event will be May 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - at James Island County Park (Wappoo Pavilion and Stage) with food trucks, jump castles, Zumba, family fun fitness games and more.

When: The whole month of May - more than 25 free fitness activities to pick from with the purchase of an Adventure Out T-shirt ($10). Classes include sunrise yoga, beach sculpting, family games, Tae Bo, interval conditioning classes, trail running lessons and more. The T-shirt also gives you free park admission when attending a class.

Where: Offered in Charleston County parks (James Island, Palmetto Island, Wannamaker, Folly Beach Pier, IOP Beach Park)

Adventure Out is a month-long outdoor fitness campaign to encourage residents to visit county parks for exercise. Exercising outdoors or "green exercise" has many additional benefits to indoor fitness activities, including stress management, improved self-esteem and mood, increased frequency of exercise, and improved sense of well-being.

Columbia Bicycle Skills Clinic and Family Group Ride

  • May 4, 2013

Columbia's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has teamed up with the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center to offer an interactive bicycle skills clinic on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

 

Come out with the family and encourage your children to practice safe bicycling skills. An interactive obstacle course will include stations developeded to help your children practice:

- Starting and stopping on their bicycles

- Using hand signals when turning and stopping

- How to properly negotiate an intersection, and more!

 

Bicycle Safety skills will be taught and practiced from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  At 10:00 AM, attendees are invited to take part in a group bicycle ride along the Vista Greenway, led by City of Columbia Police Department officers riding bicycles. Please note: You must provide your own bicycle and helmet in order to participate.

 

Advance registration can be done on-line; day-of registration and check-in will be held at the entrance of Finlay Park on Taylor Street starting at 9:00 AM. The first 50 children to check in at registration on Saturday morning will receive a backpack of goodies!

 

This opportunity is brought to you by the City of Columbia Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), The SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center, Safe Kids Midlands, Palmetto Cycling Coalition, The City of Columbia Police Department, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the YMCA of Columbia, and Outspokin' Bicycles. 

HHI Community Beach Bicycle Ride

  • May 4, 2013

The First Annual Community Beach Bicycle Ride on Hilton Head Island will start at Coligny Beach Park at 10:00 am. Refreshments and Bicycle Safety Tips will be provided.

Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating Principals and School Boards

  • May 3, 2013

School boards and principals are the gatekeepers to the school, and their investment and relationships with Safe Routes to School stakeholders are essential to the success of the walking and bicycling movement. Charged with advancing the academic achievement of students, schools boards and principals face myriad challenges. At the same time, school boards and principals can have a strong influence on how students travel to and from school.
Join us as we discuss policies, procedures and projects that have been advanced at the school and district level that address parental concerns to improve safety, increase physical activity and get more students walking and bicycling to school.
SPEAKERS

  • Sara Zimmerman, senior staff attorney and program director, National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity: ChangeLab Solutions
  • Priscilla Cox, president, Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education
  • Dave Cowan, program manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Michelle Jenkins, school principal, Elitha Donner Elementary School

Spartanburg Regional Classic - "Kids Corner"

  • May 3, 2013

The Spartanburg Regional Classic Downtown Criterium will be held on May 3rd and serves as Bike Town Spartanburg's kickoff to National Bike Month.  This year the event will feature a "Kid's Corner" at Meeting Street Academy of Spartanburg! "Kid's Corner" activities will being at 3:30pm and include a bike safety rodeo, organized by Safe Kids of Spartanburg, and Team Spartanburg's "Annual Kid's Bike and Big Wheel Race" - where children will get to ride on the race course!

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

  • May 1, 2013

Show your school crossing guard appreciation today and thank them for safely crossing students to and from school! Check with your local SOC for ideas on how to thank your school crossing guard. 

Walterboro Criterium International Bike Race and Block Party

  • May 1, 2013

On Wednesday, May 1, the City of Walterboro hosts the 11th annual Downtown Walterboro Criterium international bicycle race and block party that is part of USA Crits Speed Week. The event is free and includes a children's race!

Kid's Day of Lexington

  • April 27, 2013

On April 27, 2013 Palmetto Chiropractic Center will present the 13th anniversary of KID’S DAY OF LEXINGTON. Widely known as a premier event in the midlands, it is solely intended for the education of families on issues of health, safety and environmental awareness. The benefactors of this event are the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and the Dickerson Center for Children. The mission of Kid’s Day of Lexington is to “create a better community by educating and caring for the people of the midlands with love, honesty and laughter”.

Here are some examples of what took place during previous Kid’s Day of Lexington celebrations: The Lexington PD distributed ID kits, the Lexington FD exhibited fire trucks and provided safety tips and the Lexington EMS exhibited an ambulance. Palmetto Smiles performed dental screenings, Palmetto Chiropractic Center performed computerized spinal screenings and distributed information regarding disease prevention and health promotion.

Leadership at the Top: Working with State & Local Officials to Prioritize Walking into Transportation Planning

  • April 26, 2013

This webinar will showcase the efforts underway in the great state of Tennessee to make walking a major priority in transportation planning. Top officials in the Tennessee transportation community will talk about how walking and walkability are being integrated into transportation planning in Tennessee. Find out why the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), a multi-modal agency, has won numerous awards for its innovation and dedication to transportation and provides one of the best transportation systems in the country. Learn about City of Nashville's transportation planning and the integration of walking programs. 

Presenters

Adetokunbo 'Toks' Omishakin is the Assistant Commissioner/Environmental Bureau Chief of the Environmental and Planning Bureau of the Tennessee Department.  In this position, he guides TDOT's continued success in establishing transportation planning, policy and performance and the necessary communication that is required with other governmental agencies, organizations, and the general public and legislative bodies. Prior to joining TDOT, he served as the Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Office of Mayor Karl Dean in Nashville, Tennessee. Toks sits on the America Walks Board of Directors.   

Jessica Wilson is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for TDOT. Jessica leads Tennessee's Bicycle and Pedestrian program which centers on providing good walking and bicycling facilities as a key to the continued growth and success of the state's towns and cities. They see the program as helping communities achieve larger goals such as attracting new businesses, increasing neighborhood safety, reducing traffic congestion, and improving air quality, as well as playing an important role in public health. 

Nashville City Official - To be announced

Time:  11:00am - 12:00pm PDT / 2:00pm  - 3:00pm EDT

 

This program is made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), in partnership with the American Public Health Association(APHA).

Earth Day

  • April 22, 2013

Webinar: Maximizing the benefits of play and outdoor time in your SRTS program

  • April 17, 2013

This webinar will feature two speakers who bring the expertise to tell you both WHAT the science says and HOW you can use it to maximize the benefit of your SRTS program. Find out how time spent in parks, on trails and in natural surroundings can benefit child development, including spillover benefits for observation and safety skills. Learn from a study of families’ use of greenways, including things to think about when planning a route, and hear about possible new partners to help children walk and bike to school in the great outdoors. 

Presenters:

  • Fran Mainella, Board Member of the Children and Nature Network and former Director of the U.S. National Park Service
  • Adina Cox, Ph.D candidate in Design and Research Assistant at the Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Palmetto Youth Half Marathon

  • April 12, 2013

Students run and log 12 miles prior to the Palmetto Youth Half Marathon, and then finish the last 1.1 miles together on race day!

Webinar: Getting more Moms and Families on Bikes

  • April 11, 2013

Research consistently shows that women shoulder more of the household responsibilities, including childcare and transportation. Whether running errands or shuttling kids, women often face additional considerations when it comes to getting around by bike. 

In this webinar, we'll explore how individual, advocacy and retailer leaders are addressing these unique but widespread considerations and helping to get more moms — and families — out riding. 

Presenters:

  • Megan Odett, founder of Kidical Mass DC and creator of the National Family Biking Survey 
  • Kit Hodge, Deputy Director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the creator of the organization's "Family Biking Guide"; and  
  • Martina Fahrner, co-founder of Clever Cycles in Portland, Ore., which specifically caters to family transportation needs 

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day: May 1, 2013

  • April 9, 2013

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is on May 1st. Crossing guards improve students’ safety as they cross intersections on their way to and from school. Crossing Guard Appreciation Day provides a great opportunity to introduce yourself and say "thanks" for his or her efforts in keeping children in the community safer. Show your school crossing guard how much you appreciate them by customizing a thank you card (see below for card templates). Allow the students to sign this card or design their own cards and present to the school crossing guard(s) on May 1st!

Mr. Crossing Guard Template

Ms. Crossing Guard Template

Webinar: Accessing Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects under MAP-21

  • April 9, 2013

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) law has changed many of the familiar routes for funding bicycle and pedestrian programs and infrastructure. But funding is still available. This presentation is intended to help pedestrian and bicycle officials learn how to use MAP-21 funding programs at the state and local levels.

Speakers Darren Flusche, with the Bike League, and Peter Lagerwey, with Toole Design Group, will discuss ways to access untapped or under-utilized federal funding sources to build  bicycling and walking projects, as well as how to leverage the new Transportation Alternatives program.

At the conclusion of the webinar, both speakers will be available for questions and discussion.

Cooper River Bridge Run

  • April 6, 2013

Participate in the 36th annual Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC.

Cooper River Kids Run

  • April 5, 2013

Kids can participate in a fun run before the official Cooper River Bridge Run the next day!

Saris Bicycle Poster Contest Entries Due

  • April 1, 2013

All artwork is due to your local School Outreach Coordinator today for the Saris 5th Grade Bicycle Poster Contest! A winner for each territory will be chosen and voting will open for schools across SC to vote on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

First Place State Winner: Bicycle, Helmet and Light

Second Place State Winner: Helmet and Light

Third Place State Winner: Helmet

Discussion Forum: Re-purposing Public Spaces to Restore Walking on Main Streets & Beyond

  • March 28, 2013

Tune in to this interactive forum to listen and exchange exciting experiences from 11am to 12 pm!  

  • “Hear” from the featured speaker!   
  • “Tell” us how your community has re-purposed spaces in their community. Contact Forum moderator Yolanda Savage-Narva at ysavage-narva@americawalks.org to share your story.

Featured Speaker

  • 5 “story-tellers” will provide a brief overview of how their community repurposed space to make main streets or neighborhoods more useable and attractive for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Carol Dick, Development Services Department Director of the City of Lemon Grove, will talk about each step in the process of turning underutilized public space in Lemon Grove, CA, in revitalized Main Streets and Re-purposing Space.

This forum is made possible from the support of America Walks in partnership with the Alliance for Biking & Walking. 

Webinar: Building the Walking Movement—New Strategies and Coalitions

  • March 19, 2013

Webinar Description
Tune in for a webinar that is informative and interactive!  
• “Hear” from presenters, all partners in the Every Body Walk Collaborative and all working to make America a great place to walk.
• “Tell” us how you and other walking advocates plan to be involved to ensure the success of the National Walking Movement. Time will be allotted at the end of the presentations to hear directly from the audience.

Presenters
• Tyler Norris, MDiv, Vice President of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, will give an overview of the Every Body Walk Collaborative and issue a call-to-action on walking.
• Scott Bricker, Executive Director of America Walks, will talk about America Walks’ role as the backbone organization for the Every Body Walk Collaborative.
• Deb Hubsmith, Founding Director of Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, will describe her organization’s part in the Every Body Walk Collaborative.
• Andy Hamilton, Board President of WALKSanDiego, will talk about programs and projects at the local level and how his organization interfaces with the national walking movement.


This program is made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the American Public Health Association.  

Shamrock Shuffle in Summerville

  • March 16, 2013

The 2013 Shamrock Shuffle is a St. Patrick’s Day celebration run for family, friends and individuals. Formerly the Flowertown Run, the Shamrock Shuffle offers 10K, 5K & 1M fun run. The school with the most participants is also eligible for a prize!

Columbia SC Kids Marathon

  • March 9, 2013

The Columbia SC Kids Marathon is an innovative six month endurance building running/walking program designed for children kindergarten (K5) through fifth grade students. Students will run with a parent and/or in their school's PE class or at their local YMCA of Columbia after-school program. Each child will keep a running log sheet to track running a total of 25.2 miles in 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile or 1 mile increments between September 8, 2012 through March 8, 2013 to qualify for race day participation.

South Carolina Walk to School Day

  • March 6, 2013

Join us on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 for South Carolina Walk to School Day. This statewide event is a great way to get schools and communities excited about walking and biking to school. There are many ways to participate! Schools can plan walk to school, walk at school, park-and-walk, or walk from school events. No matter the event type, the goal is to emphasize how walking and biking are healthy and fun activities.

Registration is now open. Register your event with the South Carolina SRTS Resource Center to show your support of SRTS. Incentive items are available, but with limited supply. Incentive items will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Register early to reserve your event materials!

Palmetto Trail Challenge Begins

  • March 4, 2013

The Palmetto Conservation Foundation's Palmetto Trail Challenge is a 15 week walking/biking contest designed to get people active and healthy.  Partners team up and log as many miles as they can during the 15 week period. The challenge runs from March 4- June 15. Click the link below to register and start logging your team's miles!

How to Add More Activity into the School Day Webinar

  • February 26, 2013

Experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.  There are many opportunities for physical activity during the school day.  

How can parents help promote and support more movement in the classroom, on the playground and beyond?  This webinar will provide talking points, ideas and resources for parents to promote and support:
 More effective recess
 Classroom activity breaks
 Before/after school programs
 Walking/biking to school
 Physical activity for middle and high school students 

This is another webinar led by the AFHK Parent Leadership Series. The webinar is on Tuesday, February 26 from 2:00-3:15 pm. 

Weight of the Nation Screening Part Four: Challenges

  • February 21, 2013
Kick the New Year Off
with a Healthy Luncheon! 

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LiveWell Greenville is excited to partner with Greenville County Library System, Greenville Forward, Piedmont Health Foundation, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) and the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health (SC IMPH) to share the HBO series, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION.

  

Three years in the making, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a four-part documentary series, featuring case studies and interviews with leading experts and with individuals and families struggling with obesity. The series spotlights the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system - and what individuals and communities can do.  

 

We are pleased to offer 4 screenings of the feature films as well as a special screening of the bonus short film: How Wellness Programs Can Help the Workforce.  Click on the links below to register today!

    The Weight of the Nation Part 4: Challenges

11:30a-1:00p | Hughes Main Library, Meeting Room A-C

Thu, Feb 21

School Fitness / Nature Trail Workshop in Rock Hill

  • February 20, 2013

Glencairn Garden Learning Center

825 Edgemont Avenue

Rock Hill, SC  

 

If your school has wooded buffer areas or available space to develop a school fitness or nature trail, come to this workshop!

    

In an effort to reduce childhood obesity and promote active learning and living, participants will explore how school trails can support education and provide opportunities for students, faculty and families to engage in physical activity on a daily basis.  

  

The workshop consists of a morning session covering the logistics, benefits and considerations of implementing a school site trail.

  

The afternoon session will be outdoor school site visit(s).  

  

Schools who send a representative to attend the workshop will be eligible to apply for free trail design services.   

 

The workshop is free but space is limited.

RSVP to Danielle Center

HSCI Project Manager

HealthyCommunitiesYCsc@gmail.com

Conference on the Value of Play: Taking Action!

  • February 17, 2013 to February 20, 2013

Learn more about how to take action — whether it’s increasing awareness of the value of play, learning more about play activities, or expanding your network of play professionals.

The Conference on the Value of Play attracts a wide range of attendees, including medical professionals (including doctors), educators, parents, play professionals, people working in parks and recreation, landscape architects, psychologists and many more. The conference also attracts attendees from across the globe.

What you’ll take away from the conference:

  • New research from leading academics in the field.
  • Information on why play is such a crucial part of our life regardless of our age or ability
  • Actions and strategies to help incorporate play into our daily lives.
  • New connections with others focused on increasing awareness of the value of play.

Application Due: DHEC's All-Health Team

  • February 15, 2013
SC DHEC is now accepting applications for the All-Health Team program. The program awards and recognizes young people who promote eating healthy and active living in their schools and community. Application deadline is February 15.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

The easiest, most stress free tryout around. No timed 40-yard dash. No multiple choice or trick questions. No having to perform in front of Simon. At least 12 groups will be named to the All-Health Team. To be considered for selection:

  • Be a school, faith based or community organization serving youth
  • Be an existing program that promotes healthy life-styles which focuses on eating healthy and being active
  • Have a project supported by local data
  • Have plainly stated project goal(s)
  • Have measurements and details about the program’s impact
  • Provide itemized budget describing how money would expand efforts

How Do I Submit An Application?

Download and complete the application. Send it as an attachment to allhealthteam@dhec.sc.gov along with supporting project materials.

Or, you can call (803) 545-4501 to request a hard copy of the application. Mail completed application and supporting project materials by February 15, 2013.

All Health Team
1800 Saint Julian Place
Columbia, SC 29204

Applications must be received by February 15, 2013 to be considered for 2013. The All-Health Team partnership will review all of the applications received and notify recipients of the results after February 15. All applications will remain on file. From these applications, at least 12 winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Specific and clearly stated goals and methods used to measure achievement,
  • Realistic plan of action,
  • Education and outreach plan to reach others, and
  • Impact the project has on individuals involved and benefits received by the community or school.

For detail list of criteria review a copy of the Application and Resource Guide

Downloads:

What Could I Win?

Winners will receive:

  • One-time award of $500 to support or improve your organization’s existing project
  • A possible 30-second commercial highlighting your project on WIS-TV
  • Prominent spot on the All-Health Team website at www.scdhec.gov/allhealth
  • Year-end award and cash prize ranging from $1,000-$3,000; at least three winners selected annually

Webinar: Child and Age friendly Communities - Fostering communities as if all people mattered

  • February 15, 2013

An aging population of America is creating demand for communities that are friendly to all generations and ethnicities.  Multi-generational planning uses smart growth principles to create livable communities that deliver places that help young and old remain active, connected and thriving in place.
Real progress will occur with a paradigm shift if generations work together and cultural imperatives are addressed.   This session will highlight both research and on-the-ground experience in multi-generational planning.

Webinar: Successful Community Walking Initiatives

  • February 14, 2013

The panel presentations will include:
• Brief description of a successful walking initiatives that are implemented nationally and locally
• Strategies for building a successful community walking program from a 1) national perspective-GirlTrek and the YMCA of the USA, 2) state perspective-Oregon Walks, and 3) local perspective-Count on Yourself!

Presenters:  
Vanessa Garrison—Co-Founder of GirlTrek, a groundbreaking 2-year old nonprofit based in Washington D.C. that mobilizes women and girls to address the obesity crisis in African American communities.

Risa Olinsky is the President and Owner of LLC, Count on Yourself Coaching Programs, the Founder and Director of Health & Wellness Professional Network and is currently working closely with Atlantic Health Medical Integrative Center.  

Stephanie Routh is the Executive Director of Oregon Walks, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe, convenient, and attractive for everyone in the Portland metropolitan area.

Monica Vinluan is the Project Director for the Healthier Communities Initiatives for the YMCA of the USA.

This program is made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the American Public Health Association. 

Weight of the Nation Screening Part Three: Consequences

  • February 7, 2013
Kick the New Year Off
with a Healthy Luncheon! 

 ""

LiveWell Greenville is excited to partner with Greenville County Library System, Greenville Forward, Piedmont Health Foundation, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) and the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health (SC IMPH) to share the HBO series, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION.

  

Three years in the making, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a four-part documentary series, featuring case studies and interviews with leading experts and with individuals and families struggling with obesity. The series spotlights the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system - and what individuals and communities can do.  

 

We are pleased to offer 4 screenings of the feature films as well as a special screening of the bonus short film: How Wellness Programs Can Help the Workforce.  Click on the links below to register today!

 

The Weight of the Nation Part 3: Consequences

11:30a-1:00p | Hughes Main Library, Meeting Rooms A-C

Thu, Feb 7

Webinar: Toward Zero Deaths - Strategies for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

  • January 31, 2013

The vision of "Toward Zero Deaths" (TZD) is predicated on the assumption that no traffic death or serious injury should be considered to be acceptable.

Launched as a plan for highway safety in Europe, the principle has gained popularity in the U.S. in recent years, and some state and local agencies have adopted TZD language among their agencies' safety goals.

Researchers at the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center have developed a list of key TZD st