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Improving Community Health with Walking and Biking to School

In September, Healthy Central Florida hosted its 6th annual Walk n’ Bike to School Workshop.  The free workshop brought together advocates and leaders to make walking and biking to school safer for our children.

During the workshop, area school representatives shared their creative efforts to help make walking and biking to school safer, and more fun, for their students and families.

Dommerich Elementary

Created a breathe free car line with an idol free zone.  They promoted the breathed free car line and idol free zone through letters to parents, emails and on the morning news.  Additionally, they purchased banners and signage to hang in the car line.

Brookshire Elementary

On International Bike to School Day, students wearing helmets properly had their picture taken and posted on bulletin board in school — The Wall of Fame.  Those that had an improperly fitting helmet were fitted by a local bike shop.

Lakemont Elementary

On International Bike to School Day, Lakemonth Elementary hosted a Roll-a-thon on their track where students could bring anything on wheels except for a skateboard.  Students were rewarded with a banana that they were able to decorate with a marker.  Students loved it!

Lake Sybelia Elementary

Lake Sybelia Elementary has had great success with the Walking School Bus.  Parents obtained administration support then parent support through robo calls to obtain interested volunteers.  The school now has two active routes on Wednesday mornings that have been going strong for six years.  Bonds are formed between students and adult volunteers.

Maitland Middle

The school installed a bike pump in front of the school.  Dommerich Elementary is looking to replicate and install in back of their school.  The bike pump is open to community.  Maintenance is split between the school and PTA.

Congratulations to Healthy Central Florida and these schools for their efforts to improve child health, increase learning, create greener communities and enhance fun and a sense of community – all by simply getting kids walking and biking to school.

Walk and Roll Workshop – Sept. 21

Healthy Central Florida (HCF) is hosting its 6th annual Walk n’ Bike to School Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 21. The workshop is free, open to all, and designed to bring advocates and leaders together to make walking and biking to school safer for our children. Join parents, school personnel and city leaders to share updates, creative ideas and strategies to improve safety and walk and bike-ability around our area schools. HCF will also offer $10,000 in grants to *qualified schools. Attendance is mandatory to be eligible for a grant.

A free light breakfast will be served. All are welcome but an RSVP by Sept. 14th is requested. Here are details (HCF Walk N Roll Workshop Flyer):

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Winter Park Community Center
721 West New England Avenue
8:45 – 10:45 am
Free event | RSVP by Sept. 14 – jhamiltonbuss@healthycf.org
Light breakfast provided

WHO’S INVITED:
Parents
School principals
Healthy school team leaders
City officials and police representatives
Pedestrian/cycling advocates
PTO representatives (Fundraising opportunity!)

HIGHLIGHTS:
Free Walk n’ Roll promotional materials
Tools and resources to promote safe commutes
Complimentary breakfast for registered participants
To RSVP call (407) 303-1347 or for more information, email JHamiltonBuss@HealthyCF.org

*Winter Park Consortium Schools (those that matriculate to WP High School) are eligible for the grants during this grant round.

Healthy Central Florida Announces Winners of 2nd Annual 2016 Walk ‘n’ Roll Poster Contest

Healthy Central Florida hosted the 2nd annual poster contest among elementary and middle school students to promote and encourage safe walking and biking to school.  Dozens of outstanding entries poured in from 10 Winter Park Consortium elementary and middle schools.

With cash prizes at stake and the opportunity to have their artwork showcased at the Winter Park and Maitland Public Libraries, students created clever slogans and colorful depictions of crosswalks, roadways and sidewalks.

An active commute (walking, biking, skating or scootering) is a healthy commute. Safety is a top priority too. Using WalkSafe, a curriculum developed by the University of Miami, students learn how to walk safely to school, the bus stop, a friend’s house, the library and throughout the community.

Congratulations to all! This year’s winners include:

Elementary School Grade Level Winners

1st Place (K-1) – Paige Russell, Dommerich Elementary

1st Place (2-3) – Annalisa Ho, Lake Sybelia Elementary

1st Place (4-5) – Reyna Carrasco & Chloe Walker, Brookshire Elementary

Reyna Carassco, Brookshire Elementary

Middle School Winners

1st Place – Madeline Meyer, Glenridge Middle

2nd Place – Angela Cayujan, Glenridge Middle

3rd Place – Lily Dechen, Glenridge Middle

3rd Place – Evelyn Harris, Maitland Middle

3rd Place – Devin Newton, Maitland Middle

Angela Cayujan, Glenridge Middle

3rd Place – Evelyn Harris, Maitland Middle

YOUR help is needed, too. Please remember:

  1. SLOW DOWN in school zones.
  2. Watch out for children and parents walking/riding to school.
  3. YIELD to pedestrians in crosswalks (anywhere, not just in school zones).
  4. Don’t ever text while driving. Lives are at stake

Dommerich Elementary Holds First Walk n’ Roll of the School Year

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Dommerich held their first Walk n’ Roll event of the 2016-17 School Year.  The school set up several check in around the school where Walk n’ Roll participants were given new bag tags with the Walk n’ Roll emblem.

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The Walk n’ Roll Wednesday program, supported by Healthy Central Florida, encourages students, and their parents, to chose an active commute to school. From foot, to bike, to skateboard, to scooter, Walk n’ Roll results in more eyes and fewer cars on our streets, making our students, families, and communities safer and healthier.  Bonus, studies show students who are active are better able to learn and concentrate.

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Plan Now for Bike to Work (and School) Day 2016

Bike-to-Work-Day-Poster-533x800Healthy Central Florida’s 2nd Annual Bike to Work Day takes place on Wednesday, March 9th.  Everyone who lives, works or plays in Winter Park and surrounding communities is invited to join us (that’s everyone by the way). March 9th is also a “Walk n’ Roll Wednesday” – providing the perfect opportunity for you to ride with your child to school then head on to work.  With your participation and that of your friends, Healthy Central Florida hopes to double last year’s participation.

Wherever you live and wherever you work – plan to ride with your child to school then ride to work. Then in the afternoon, adult riders (18 and up), are invited to enjoy a group ride (with a police escort and rolling road closures) and social hour (21 & up) at Boca Winter Park located at 358 N. Park Avenue.  (Remember, you can ride SunRail with your bike too.  If you live fairly near the Winter Park or Maitland SunRail stations, you can easily ride to the station, take your bike on the train and ride to work downtown or somewhere along the SunRail line.)

Click here for additional details about the 2nd Annual Bike to Work Day including schedule of events, workplace competition, and giveaways.

 

Be a Healthy Role Model – Bike to Work Friday

Group bike photoMany of you know of and participate in “Walk n’ Roll Wednesday.”  This program, supported by Healthy Central Florida, encourages students, and their parents, to chose an active commute to school.  From foot, to bike, to skateboard, to scooter, Walk n’ Roll results in more eyes and fewer cars on our streets, making our students, families, and communities safer and healthier.  Bonus, studies show students who are active are better able to learn and concentrate.

Modeled after Walk n’ Roll Wednesday, Healthy Central Florida is launching Bike to Work Fridays – weekly ride-to-work day.  And you’re invited!  This is an excellent opportunity to model healthy behaviors for your children.  Discuss the similarities between Walk n’ Roll Wednesday and Bike to Work Fridays with your children, share biking tips, discuss challenges, and brainstorm opportunities to overcome those challenges.  Use these programs as a reason to take a weekend family bike ride.  This can be the perfect catalyst for healthy family activities during this holiday season.

There are additional benefits — participating in Bike to Work Fridays not only provides a healthy role model for your children, but it can save you time by forfeiting those early morning and late night gym sessions.  In fact, 60 minutes of biking at a leisurely pace can burn up to 300 calories.

Biking can also help save the environment and saves you money on gas and parking.  Grant Petersen, founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works said, “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.”Additional information about Bike to Work Friday, including a Personal Bike Escort service can be found on Healthy Central Florida’s website.  Take a look, you may even win one of their handsome orange “Bike to Work” day shirts.