Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an international movement to enable and encourage students to safely walk and bicycle to and from school. SRTS programs are the result of parents, schools, communities and government joining forces to improve the health and safety of our children, our future leaders.
SRTS programs focus on the "5E's":
Northeast Iowa has the state's ONLY rural, regional SRTS program, which serves over 10,000 K-8th students in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. The Northeast Iowa SRTS Program, managed by UERPC’s Regional SRTS Coordinator, partners with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative to increase physical activity among students and advocate for safe community routes in many ways:
Children feel better when they are active. They are hardwired to move. Their bodies need it, and their brains need it.
In today's world, however, our kids are not moving enough. As a society, we have created a culture of convenience at the expense of our health, and no one suffers more than our kids. This culture of convenience is the reason why today's generation of children is projected to live shorter life spans than their parents. This is unacceptable.
By creating more opportunities for children to be physically active on a daily basis, we CAN make things better. One of the best ways to do this is through supporting SRTS. While SRTS programs are geared toward students and schools, it's really the community as a whole that benefits. When routes to school and other community locations are safe and accessible for children, they are safe and accessible FOR EVERYONE because we are all pedestrians at some point during the day.
SRTS is the answer to creating a better world for our children, our school, our communities and ourselves. Join the SRTS effort today by contacting Ashley Christensen, Regional Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Northeast Iowa at 563-382-6171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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