Do California’s children need to be healthier? The consensus is yes because the reality is troubling. The rate of U.S. childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970s, and a third of American children are now overweight or obese. Developing awareness is an important step, but immediate solutions are needed to reverse this trend.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Since its inception in 2005, Caltrans has awarded $156 million for 356 SRTS projects. For 2012, a total of $66 million to 139 projects statewide have been awarded, including almost $5 million in San Diego County. These funds will go towards education programs and the construction of physical improvements to our roads, which improve safety for our kids, encourage more of them to walk or bike to school, help to reduce troubling health trends, and provide good construction jobs. And it is not just children who benefit. The street improvements make neighborhoods and cities better and safer for all ages.
WalkSanDiego is a valuable asset to any Safe Routes to School project. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with cities to strategize about future funding and education programs. Some examples of our education programs include:
WalkSanDiego has designed a variety of encouragement strategies and activities for schools. Some of these include: