Sacramento Safe Routes to School

At a Glance:

Location: Sacramento, California

Date: 2004

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Lifelong Learning, Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: nutrition, education, active transportation, traffic safety, physical activity, traffic safety

Affected Population: Children and Youth

Research Methods: Literature review, Qualitative research, Quantitative research

Community Types: urban

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The UCLA School of Public Health, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Project MOVE, conducted an HIA on the health impacts of the Sacramento Safe Routes to School Program. The program seeks to reduce the number of children killed while walking and biking to school, and foster an active lifestyle among youth. The HIA focused on the health impacts of physical activity and pedestrian safety, violence and exposure to air pollution. The HIA found that walking to school alone is likely not enough for all children to get their daily amount of physical activity and recommended that other opportunities for physical activity be provided, including quality physical education classes and after-school programs that encourage physically active play and walking.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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