On Wednesday, October 19th Sustainable Long Island (SLI) and Western Suffolk BOCES accompanied students from Ulysses Byas Elementary School in Roosevelt on their annual Fire Department Education Walk. As part of the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) program, and in an effort to promote walkability and access to physical activity, Sustainable Long Island led the students through a Walkability Audit Checklist during the walk that assessed the built environment and safety along the route of their walk. Students provided feedback on questions related to the ability to safely cross streets, driver behavior, and overall pleasantness of the walk. This activity will not only be used by SLI to identify problem areas for Complete Streets and walkability in the community, but also helps to get children thinking about pedestrian safety. During the course of the walk students took over 5,000 steps, which is half of the daily recommended number of 10,000.
To read more about the event, please visit the WS BOCES Healthy Schools and Communities Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HSNYWSBOCES/.
To learn more about Sustainable Long Island’s public health initiative, Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC), please visit http://sustainableli.org/.