Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Safe Routes to School E-News

For those of you with interest in student safety, and our trail, this organization sends an E-News monthly letter that has many ideas for your school and students. Sign up if you would like to know more. http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/about/3302

Here is a partial copy of this month's issue. Click onto the tabs the beginning to get the rest of the topics if you'd like.

Some of the news articles (10) are inspirational.

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Issue #46: October 2009




Safe Routes to School E-News
"Changing the habits of an entire generation"

Safe Routes to School E-News is a monthly email newsletter published by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a growing network of more than 400 organizations working to advance the Safe Routes to School National movement. Please forward it to anyone you think might be interested by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

In this issue:

  1. CDC Releases Application for Hundreds of Millions in Prevention Funding
  2. The Partnership is Now on Facebook and Twitter: Join Us!
  3. Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Federal Update
  4. Safe Routes to School National Partnership's 2009 Annual Meeting
  5. National Center for Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants
  6. PolicyLink and Prevention Institute Book on Health and Transportation
  7. Safe Routes to School State Network Project Update
  8. Alabama Awards 2nd Round of SRTS Funding
  9. North Carolina Announces $3.6 Million in SRTS Funding Awarded
  10. SRTS News Throughout the Country

1. CDC Releases Application for Hundreds of Millions in Prevention Funding
Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs and Promotions Eligible

On September 17, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new program: Communities Putting Prevention to Work. Thirty to forty communities will receive a total of $373 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) dollars through this competitive grant program to support interventions that reduce obesity (through improved physical activity and nutrition) and/or reduce tobacco use. Communities can apply for either focus area or both. This landmark opportunity is aimed at mobilizing community resources toward broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes. The application places an emphasis on communities demonstrating effective coalitions, and notes that special consideration should be given to the inclusion of populations disproportionately affected by chronic diseases.

On September 29, 2009 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $120 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for prevention and wellness programs for U.S. states and territories, building on the announcement of the $373 million funding opportunity for communities and tribes around the country. In all, the comprehensive Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative will make $650 million available for public health efforts to address obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and decrease smoking.

Lead Applicants: Local and State Health Departments

Deadlines:

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: October 30, 2009
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2009

Communities Putting Prevention to Work provides an important opportunity for bicycle and pedestrian professionals, enthusiasts, and advocates, as well as health officials, to act quickly to get your city or state to:

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and America Bikes have prepared a list of sample bike/ped activities that fit within the five categories of evidence-based interventions that are required as part of this CDC application. We encourage you to review these sample activities and assess which would work well in your community. Funds are available to make these projects a reality-so it is in your interest to work with your health department to develop the bike/ped aspects of the CDC application for obesity prevention, and to demonstrate how your organization can be a resource to them. Now is the time to contact your health department and city officials to encourage them to apply, and to share your ideas on bike/ped interventions.


2. The Partnership is Now on Facebook and Twitter: Join Us!
Connect to us and spread the word to your friends/colleagues

Connect to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership - and our friends and fans - through our new Facebook and Twitter pages! Please also spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Once you join us on Facebook, please invite your friends to become a fan by clicking the "Share+" box in the lower left hand corner of our page.

What can you expect from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership's new media presence?

  • An opportunity to share your experiences, successes, and challenges
  • Calls to action
  • The latest in Safe Routes to School news
  • Links to the great work of our partners in the active transportation movement
  • Helpful resources, publications, research, and much more

To access our pages directly, go to:

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is excited to use these new platforms to share resources and work more interactively with national, state, and local groups and advocates across the nation. We hope you'll join us and invite your friends and colleagues to connect to us as well!

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