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UIC Finds That Active Transportation Policies in School Districts Boost Kids’ Physical Activity

Schools are more likely to have programs that support children in safely walking to school if their district sets a formal policy that encourages the activity, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers have found. Dr. Lindsey Turner, the study’s lead author and research scientist at UIC’s Institute for Health Research and Policy, surveyed elementary school principals nationwide and examined state laws and school district policies related to practices in schools. Dr. Turner and other researchers found that in districts with policies that address safe and active transportation, schools were twice as likely to organize groups to walk children to school as those in districts without such policies. Schools in states with laws requiring crossing guards were more than twice as likely to organize such programs.