Healthy Savannah’s new $150,000 grant will be used to help change the local regulations surrounding bike and pedestrian paths in an effort to encourage students to safely walk or ride bikes to school.
Over the past years, there has not been an emphasis on sidewalks or bike lanes in certain locations in Savannah. Passing new ordinances would make it safer and easier for students to travel to school, which increases their physical activity, overall health, and can decrease the obesity rate.
The YMCA of Coastal GA, Inc., on behalf of the Healthy Savannah Initiative has been awarded this grant funding, as a part of a three year program from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation to fight childhood obesity. “Our first area of concentration will be to support the Complete Streets ordinance. This would establish streets that are designed to allow all types of users including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. We will also support the completion of the Truman Linear Park Trail,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Savannah.
Healthy Savannah’s overall grant program goals include creating conditions in communities where prevention and reduction of childhood obesity can occur by: developing local ordinances, policy changes, modifying the built environment, affecting social norms, supporting communities where making health lifestyle choices is realistic and desirable.
For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org