Incorporating Safe Routes to School into Local School Wellness Policies

Incorporating Safe Routes to School into Local School Wellness Policies

Wellness policy language to encourage active transportation

School districts can help promote physical activity by including provisions in their local wellness policies that encourage active transportation to and from school. Engaging in active transportation – walking, biking, or rolling – can help increase physical activity levels of students and their families. Physical activity reduces the risk of obesity and related chronic diseases, and also improves mental health, attendance, and academic performance

CA4Health, in collaboration with ChangeLab Solutions, developed this model wellness policy language addressing walking and biking to school. The language can be tailored to meet the needs of an individual school district. School districts will need to determine where to add the language to their existing local wellness policies, make other changes for consistency, and follow the appropriate procedures for amending their policies.

We have also developed many other Safe Routes to School resources, including the Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook – a free online resource that can help districts develop effective policies for supporting healthy students.

CA4Health is the Public Health Institute’s Community Transformation Grant.