Keystone Healthy Routes – Action Kit
Faculty Research Project
Community Planning Research
Year Of Project: 
2005
Project Summary: 

Given the emergence of obesity as one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, it is not surprising that healthy lifestyles have risen as an important focus for disease prevention. The use of sidewalks, parks, trails, and greenways play a potentially significant role in increasing lifestyle physical activity and signal an increasing number of partnerships and collaborations focused on health promotion and community design. The Hamer Center teamed up the Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity (PANA), a statewide obesity prevention coalition, to develop a web-based tool to promote walking and biking through school-based community design. The Keystone Healthy Routes Action Kit provides a hands-on tool to over 1,600 schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Action Kit includes: (1) Success stories and best practices; (2) Document templates to organize KHR teams; (3) Downloadable neighborhood and school site assessments for rural, suburban, and urban settings; (4) Follow-up evaluation tools to monitor implementation; and (5) A list of federal, state, and local funding sources.

Michael Rios, Director of Hamer Center; Kelleann Foster, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture; Tim Johnson, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture.
Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ann Messner
One goal for Keystone Healthy Routes is to provide safe pedestrian access to school for children
One goal for Keystone Healthy Routes is to provide safe pedestrian access to school for children
Curb Extensions for PennDOT Traffic Calming
Curb Extensions for PennDOT Traffic Calming
 Webshot from the Keystone Healthy Route's web-based tool to promote walking and biking through school-based community design
Webshot from the Keystone Healthy Route's web-based tool to promote walking and biking through school-based community design
Sidewalks play a significant role in increasing physical activity for children
Sidewalks play a significant role in increasing physical activity for children
Kids participate in the installation of healthier routes to school
Kids participate in the installation of healthier routes to school
Meeting with PennDOT
Meeting with PennDOT