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Walksafe ® has worked with multiple agencies to create safer environments around schools. In 2003, all elementary schools in Miami-Dade County were audited, and improvements at 49 schools have been completed. The plans to complete another 35 schools are being processed. This is important because growing evidence shows that communities and schools with built environments that promote physical activity lead to residents engaging in a more healthy and active lifestyle.

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WalkSafe six-year statewide study

Kurt Kaminer - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 

WalkSafe recently released the findings of a six-year study, measuring our effectiveness statewide.

Carly Stafford - a Colorado College student double majoring in Neuroscience and classics compiled the six-year data as a NIH Neurotrauma Summer Research Intern with us. Her summer research study sought to compare pediatric pedestrian injury and fatality rates over a six year span among four counties (Miami-Dade, Orange, Broward, and Pinellas) with differing levels of WalkSafe presence.

Carly's research found that as the number of students educated with the WalkSafe curriculum increased, rates of injury and fatality decreased in that county. Additionally, the counties which have implemented WalkSafe have also seen decreases in hospitalizations from pediatric pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents over the six years.

The culmination of her work was presented for the first time at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on 8/6/2014. The poster, entitled, Preventing Pediatric Pedestrian Trauma through Statewide Implementation of a Traffic Safety Program, can be seen in the Lois Pope Life Center.


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