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ERIC Number: EJ807577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Walking to School: Taking Research to Practice
Heelan, Kate A.; Unruh, Scott A.; Combs, H. Jason; Donnelly, Joseph E.; Sutton, Sarah; Abbey, Bryce M.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v79 n6 p36-41 Aug 2008
This article describes the results of a study that helped determine common barriers to active commuting to and from school, as well as the results of a Walking School Bus program that was implemented at two neighborhood elementary schools in Nebraska. While parental perceived barriers to active commuting may influence the travel choices of elementary school students, the results of the study indicate that children wanting to actively commute and their maturity may account for the greatest variance in the decision to actively commute. In addition, results indicate that perhaps only the availability of adult supervision may lessen the barriers associated with safety concerns that prevent parents from allowing their children to actively commute. On the other hand, the Walking School Bus program may overcome parental perceived barriers and provide enough social stimulus to increase children's desire to actively commute. The program offers a number of attractive benefits. Children who participated in the program demonstrated higher levels of physical activity as well as more enjoyment of walking to and from school. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska