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Walk to School Day Twitter Chat - October 5th

Monday, October 3, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of National Walk to School Day, when thousands of students, parents, community leaders, state and local officials across the United States will walk to school. This one-day event is aimed at building awareness of the need for walkable communities. National Walk to School Day promotes the many benefits of walking to school such as building daily physical activity behaviors, more accessible and safer routes to school, and safer environments.


The Directors of Health Education and Promotion (DHPE) is hosting a #WalktoSchool Day Twitter Chat at 1:00 pm ET on October 5th.  The chat will feature DHPE Project Director Cheryl Welbeck @DHPETweets; @Trailnet, Grace Kyoung who is a member of the St. Louis Plan4Health Coalition and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner for Trailnet; and @moveUSmorethe National Physical Activity Society Executive Director Pam Edison. Our guests will discuss safer and healthier communities through physical activity, active infrastructure and safe route to school strategies implemented at the community level. During the chat use the following hashtags: #WalktoSchool Day #WTSD20 #Partnering4Health


DHPE members may also support the Walk to School effort by visiting DHPE’s Facebook Page:

Invite your colleagues to become DHPE Facebook Followers and “Like” the

Walk to School Day 2016 Facebook Event Page!  It is also a central place for to post their fliers, photos and videos of their Walk to School Day activities.


Learn how the local coalitions of the American Planning Association as part of the CDC National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention Program is focusing on enhancing the built environment to improve community health. The American Planning Association’s Plan4Health project features coalitions working on safe routes to school and traffic calming in the following areas: 

o   St. Louis, MO pop-up traffic calming demonstrations

o   Columbus, IN walkability assessment with a safe routes to school component. The Summit County, OH and Columbus, OH coalitions are also working on safe routes to school


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