Environmental Change – Policy

Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation


Initiative Description: Implement infrastructure (adding sidewalks, crosswalks, etc.) and non-infrastructure (local programming or planning) projects for safe routes to school

Study Results: Morning percent active commuting schools in the Infrastructure and Non Infrastructure schools were higher than the control schools. Afternoon percent active commuting to schools in noninfrastructure schools decreased more over time compared with control schools. Infrastructure and noninfrastructure school students had high active commuting to school self-efficacy.

Reference: Hoelscher, D., Ory, M., Dowdy, D., Miao, J., Atteberry, H., Nichols, D., . . . Wang, S. (2016). Effects of funding allocation for Safe Routes to School programs on active commuting to school and related behavioral, knowledge, and psychosocial outcomes: Results from the Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE) study. Environment and Behavior, 48(1), 210-229

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good