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GPS and smartphones lead to safer routes, healthier kids

GPS on smartphone

Online mapping, global positioning systems (GPS) and smartphones can help communities locate safe walking and biking routes to school and boost kids’ physical activity. That’s the purpose of I-WALK (Iowans Walking Assessment Logistics Kit), which uses high-tech devices to encourage low-tech solutions to escalating childhood obesity rates in Iowa.

In August the 12 pilot communities received results from the year-long study by Iowa State and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Communities will be able to use the data to identify areas that will give them “the most bang for [their] buck,” said Christopher Seeger, ISU Extension specialist and associate professor of landscape architecture, who led the study.

This article appeared in September 2011 -- From Cathann Kress Newsletter