to Cross County Connection's South Jersey Safe Routes to School
Newsletter! These newsletters contain in-depth articles, news items,
and examples of Safe Routes to School work in South Jersey. We hope
Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program that encourages
children to be more physically active and creates safe, convenient
and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from
their schools. The program also encourages changes in travel
behavior, supports increased traffic law enforcement around schools
and educates communities about the benefits of active transportation.
your school district or community is interested in learning more
about SRTS, contact David Calderetti, SRTS Coordinator for Cross
County Connection, at (856) 596-8228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childhood Obesity Rates and Safe Routes to
The goals of
Safe Routes to School are simple; where it is safe for children to
walk or bike to school, get them to do so and where it is not safe,
make it safe through infrastructure improvements. There are many
reasons that these goals were established, but one stands out more
than others - childhood obesity rates. According to the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in
children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012,
more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or
Childhood obesity can be a result of "caloric
imbalance" - too few calories expended for the amount of
calories consumed. The Safe Routes to School program combats
childhood obesity by educating and encouraging K-8 students to bike
or walk to school. Healthy lifestyle habits, including physical
activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related
diseases. Schools can play a critical role by establishing a safe and
supportive environment with policies and practices that support
healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to
learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity
Walk to School Day Activities are Underway!
Walk to School
Day is October 8th and many events are taking place in southern New
Jersey. Southampton Township School District started its walking
program early this year. On September 24th, the Superintendent
invited students from Schools 1, 2 and 3 to meet faculty and staff at
the Vincentown Fire Hall. As they arrived, students received
pedestrian and bicycle safety giveaways from Cross County Connection.
Volunteers then explained to students how to be a safe pedestrian
before walking as a group to each school. Southampton Township School
District will continue hosting these events through October.
Elementary School in Chesterfield and Dawes Elementary School in
Somers Point, students participating in Walking School Buses were
escorted by parent volunteers to school grounds. These students were
also awarded safety giveaways and educational materials.
Connection looks forward to participating in Walk to School Day
events at the following schools in October:
Heart, Mt. Holly
Middle, Margate City
Elementary, Margate City
Elementary, Egg Harbor City
School, Egg Harbor City
Community School, Fairfield
P. Tatem, Collingswood
Yocum, Maple Shade
Wilkins, Maple Shade
Is your school
hosting a Walk to School Day event? Send us pictures and we will
feature your school in an upcoming newsletter.
For more information
on International Walk to School Day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org
or contact David Calderetti at (856) 596-8228.
Cross County Connection in the News!
15th, Valerie Laranko, Education and Marketing Specialist,
administered Cross County Connection's 1st - 3rd Grade Pedestrian
Safety Program at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Washington
Township, Gloucester County. Students learned how to utilize
available pedestrian and bicycle facilities and understand traffic
flow from the comforts of their classroom. For more information about
this educational lesson, contact Cross County Connection. You can
also read the article on NJ.com by clicking here!
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