KidsWalk releases 2014 school walkability report

Siblings Darriella Watson, 6, and Derrick Watson, 7, lead a walking group on Pauline Street to ARISE Academy for International Walk to School Day Wednesday morning. Others in the group, from left to right, included ARISE Principal Andrew Schahan, second-grade teacher Kathleen Stevens, New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo and State Police Trooper Mark Jackson.

KidsWalk Staff Photo: Siblings Darriella Watson, 6, and Derrick Watson, 7, lead a walking group on Pauline Street to ARISE Academy for International Walk to School Day in October 2011. Others in the group, from left to right, included ARISE Principal Andrew Schahan, second-grade teacher Kathleen Stevens, New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo and State Police Trooper Mark Jackson.

Around New Orleans public schools, many sidewalks and streets have been improved over the past few years, but other schools and their students still face unsafe walking conditions, according to a new report from the KidsWalk Coalition.

The new report features results of walkability surveys of the areas surrounding public elementary and middle schools in New Orleans. The KidsWalk Coalition, a program at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC), updated its 2011 Stepping to School report with this new 2014 Stepping to School report.

Studies show providing safe, walkable and bikeable urban environments are proven ways to improve health by encouraging residents to be physically active. And, unfortunately, only about one in three Louisiana children get their recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Read the 2014 Stepping to School Report.

 

 

 

 

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