One way of combating rising obesity rates and decreasing physical activity levels among children is to promote active transportation to and from schools. The award-winning I-WALK program provides a comprehensive framework for addressing community walkability and related infrastructure. The program uses a unique and innovative methodology that combines volunteer data collection workshops; classroom-based teacher tallies; and a dynamic Web-based survey that brings parents and children together to discuss school transportation issues. The program's success demonstrates the benefits of coalition-building and community-based participatory research approaches to designing healthy and safe local environments.
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Seeger, C. J., Lillehoj, C. J., Jensen, A. D., & Wilson, S. (2014). I-WALK: An Innovative Approach to Community Walkability. The Journal of Extension, 52(4), Article 15. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.52.04.15