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I-WALK: An Innovative Approach to Community Walkability
Journal of Extension
  • Christopher J. Seeger, Iowa State University
  • Catherine J. Lillehoj, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Alan D. Jensen, Iowa State University
  • Suzy Wilson, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Lydia R. Levinson, Iowa State University
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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.

This is an article from Journal of Extension, 52:4 (2014); 4IAW7. Posted with permission.

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Christopher J. Seeger, Catherine J. Lillehoj, Alan D. Jensen, Suzy Wilson, et al.. "I-WALK: An Innovative Approach to Community Walkability" Journal of Extension Vol. 52 Iss. 4 (2014) p. 4IAW7
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