Exercise Your Right to…Exercise

kelechiThe past several months have been rife with debates, campaign speeches and rallies supporting certain candidates, ideologies and policies. Over the past couple of weeks, many Americans have exercised their right to vote into office the state and local leaders of their choice as well as the President of the United States of America.

Everyone’s Doing It: The Use of Positive Peer Pressure

kelechiPeer pressure doesn’t all have to be bad. Studies show that it can be good, too! Kids can encourage each other into activities that will improve their health and social life and make them feel good about themselves.

Safe Routes to School Works: The Proof Is in the Pedaling

kelechiEver wondered how effective Safe Routes to School programs are at increasing walking and bicycling to school? A new multi-state study gives a resounding answer to that question.

We’ve Got You Covered: Geographic-Specific Research

kelechiSince Safe Routes to School became a federally funded program, it has experienced tremendous support nationwide. Parents are encouraging more physically active lifestyles. Students are engaged in more walking and bicycling to school. Schools and local governments are establishing policies and infrastructure that enable safe walking and bicycling.

An Equal Footing for Girls

kelechiHow can we better promote walking and bicycling to school among girls? Studies show that the odds of walking and bicycling to school are 40 percent lower in girls than in boys (Giles-Corti et al, 2011;

Leveling the Playing Field for Underserved Communities

kelechiSome neighborhoods are more equipped to support active lifestyles than others. Yet, in many of these less equipped neighborhoods, we find higher instances of students who walk or bicycle to school (Giles-Corti et al, 2011; McDonald, 2008).

Going Green… Staying Green

kelechiTerms like eco-friendly and going green have become popular buzzwords in today’s environmentally-conscious society. In practically all aspects of our lives, the idea of living green has gained traction… and for good reasons. Eco-friendly practices allow us to take better care of our planet as well as our own health.

Who Says Rules Are Made To Be Broken?

kelechiWhoever says rules are made to be broken is not aware of this interesting fact: Safe Routes to School-related laws have been effective in reducing injuries and increasing walking and bicycling to school.

It's a No Brainer: Active Kids = Smarter Kids

KelechiTrue or False: Physically active children perform better academically than their less active counterparts. TRUE! But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Introducing the Research Blog

KelechiHi Safe Routes advocates! My name is Kelechi Uzochukwu, and as administrative associate for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, one of my responsibilities is to provide useful and up-to-date studies and publications related to the Safe Routes to School movement.

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