I-WALK: An Innovative Approach to Community Walkability

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2014-08-01
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Seeger, Christopher
Lillehoj, Catherine
Jensen, Alan
Seeger, Christopher
Wilson, Suzy
Levinson, Lydia
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Landscape ArchitectureCommunity and Regional Planning
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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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This is an article from Journal of Extension, 52:4 (2014); 4IAW7. Posted with permission.

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