Transportation’s Role in Reducing Childhood Obesity

Supported by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): An Effort to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Information Clearinghouse

The Information Clearinghouse has been developed to serve as a collection of statistics, best practices, resources, ITE articles, conference session summaries, and other various tools and information that are easily available for download. It is intended that these resources be updated to be consistent with new resources at a future time.

National Campaigns

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Childhood Obesity
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RWJF funds efforts at the local, state and federal level to change public policies and community environments in ways that promote improved nutrition and increased physical activity—both of which are critical to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.

Photo Credit: “Killing by Fast Food” courtesy of flickr user Nomadize.

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National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN)
Web site:

“We help communities become healthier places for children to grow and thrive.”

Technical Presentations

  • ITE 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibit
    Vancouver, BC, Canada – August 9, 2010
    Designing Healthy Streets for Active Living | Video (476 MB)
  • ITE 2011 Technical Conference and Exhibit
    Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA – April 5, 2011
    Safer Streets for Healthier Children | Recording (Video, Transcript)

  • ITE 2011 Annual Meeting and Exhibit
    St. Louis, MO, USA – Sunday, August 14, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Session 5 – Safer Streets for Healthier Children | Recording (Video)

    • “Creating Safe Streets for Children – Innovative Partnerships, Policy, Programs and Funding”
      By Leslie A. Meehan, Senior Transportation Planner, Co-Chair Tennessee Obesity Taskforce, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Nashville, TN
    • “Be a Superhero!: How Engineers Played a Pivotal Role in Creating Safer Streets Around Three St. Louis Schools”
      By Jennifer Allen, Active Transportation Manager, Trailnet, St. Louis, MO
    • “Complete Streets Around Schools: Promoting Health, Academic Success, and a Safe Environment for the Next Generation”
      By Ian Thomas, Executive Director, PedNet Coalition, Columbia, MO
    • “Creating a Bikeable City for Kids: Evidence from Portland”
      By Jennifer Dill, Director, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, Associate Professor, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, Portland, OR

  • Safe Routes to Play: A Child-centered Transportation Initiative Webinar (98MB Recording)
    Download CODEC if you have a problem with the video.

  • American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Webinar Series
    "What Healthy Communities Need from their Transportation Networks”
    • Webinar 1: “Community Health and Transportation Planning”; held on January 18, 2011
    • Webinar 2: “The Health Benefits from Active Transportation”; held on February 15, 2011
    • Webinar 3: “Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in Transportation”; held on March 15, 2011
    • Webinar 4: “Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries”; held on April 5, 2011


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