American Heart Association Urges House to Pass Senate Transportation Bill and Preserve Safe Routes to Schools
Washington, D.C., March 14, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the passage of the Senate’s transportation legislation:
“The Senate transportation bill approved today will preserve federal support for the Safe Routes to Schools Program and help give America’s children the right of way to a healthy life.
Since 1980, the number of children and adolescents who are overweight or obese has grown to nearly one out of three. Because of the numerous chronic diseases associated with obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes, today’s children are on a path to becoming the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents. The Safe Routes to School program can help reverse this terrible trend by bolstering physical activity that keeps our kids healthy.
The Senate bill continues funding for this program and similar activities, while giving communities local control over these funds – because local leaders know best what their residents and regions need when it comes to safe transportation routes.
The American Heart Association urges the House to follow the Senate’s lead and adopt the same language on Safe Routes to Schools and other walking and biking programs when it takes up its version of the transportation bill.”
Contact: Retha Sherrod, (202) 785-7929