Ray LaHood wrote about our Keeping Kids Moving Event!

On his always interesting Fast Lane blog, US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today wrote about our Keeping Kids Moving: How the Federal Transportation Bill Can Help Stop Childhood Obesity event.

Sponsored by PolicyLink, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Transportation for America, and the Convergence Partnership, the event drew nearly 150 health and transportation advocates to the ballroom at the National Press Club in DC.

For more on the event, visit www.ReverseChildhoodObesity.org/KeepingKidsMoving

Here’s a clip from the DOT blog post. Click here to read the full piece:

People want options. They want to be able to be more physically active on streets that are friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists. And when adults model physical activity, our kids see it, and they get it.

But the link between transportation and obesity doesn’t end there.

Also at yesterday’s meeting, Nashville’s Adetokunbo Omishakin talked about the more than 6,000 households in Nashville who don’t own a car and are not within a mile of a grocery store. At certain times a bus trip to a grocery store could take three hours round-trip. So residents buy food for their families at convenience stores or small groceries whose shelves can’t offer the healthy options of larger stores.

You see, it’s not just about improving sidewalks or bike paths. The assumption of the last half of the 20th century was that people would own cars. And because that isn’t true, people have been forced to make choices that contribute to the obesity trend.

That’s why, for example, our recent Urban Circulator and Bus Livability grants have been received so warmly.

This is about connecting communities. It’s about solving real problems. This is the kind of practical change the Obama Administration is delivering.

DOT Undersecretary Roy Kienitz speaking at the Keeping Kids Moving Event, July 15, 2010, National Press Club, Washington, DC

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