Free SRTS Webinar on Physical Activity's Positive Effects on Learning

CHAPEL HILL, NC — America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School present the next Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar. The next topic will be:

Physical Activity’s Positive Effects on Learning
Presented by Rae Pica, Children’s Physical Activity Specialist, Moving & Learning
July 29, 2008 2PM ET

To register for the Webinar, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/events-and-training/SRTS-webinars.

During the hour-long Webinar, Rae Pica, a children’s physical activity specialist, will explore what the research says about the link between moving and learning, providing parents, schools, and communities with information they need to reverse this trend. The Webinar will cover how physical activity promotes brain and cognitive development, stimulates learning and contributes to improved academic success.

The Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinars are designed to educate individuals and organizations on topics that will assist with successful outreach efforts. The Network will also offer Webinar participants the option to receive a coaching session from America Walks for assistance with their local outreach efforts. By offering follow-up coaching and education, the Network aims to increase the priority of and resources dedicated towards improving Safe Routes to School efforts.

America Walks is a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Its members are autonomous grassroots organizations from across the country, each working to improve conditions for walking in their area. The mission of America Walks is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups, to educate the public about the benefits of walking, and, when appropriate, to act as a collective voice for walking advocates.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. Established in May 2006, the Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies. The Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

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