Because the city of Milledgeville has no public transportation, Live Healthy Baldwin is working with the Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center on creating opportunities for children to safely walk and bike to school. Six of the seven Baldwin County public schools are clustered together and cut off from residential areas by a trio of busy highways. This project strives to circumvent the problem by completing a nine-mile bicycle/pedestrian trail that will travel east to west, running underneath the high-speed roadways, and connecting neighborhoods to the schools.
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Safe Routes to School Awareness Walk - Milledgeville, GA
Live Healthy Baldwin strives to raise awareness to the fact that there are no options for children to walk or bike to school.
Parents, children and community members were encouraged to participate in this event on July 25, 2014 at Eagle Ridge Elementary. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles with a few educational stops along the way.
The Fitbit Flex is a device that is used to track and measure physical activity level. It determines your calories burned, steps taken distance traveled, and sleep quality.
Six Fitbit Flexs were randomly assigned to children to wear on the wrist throughout the walk. We were able to track their steps taken, distance traveled and active minutes. The results are shown below for each child:
Child 1: 5,971 steps taken, traveled 2.17 miles, 32 very active minutes
Child 2: 5, 242 steps taken, traveled 1.69 miles, 37 very active minutes
Child 3: 5,153 steps taken, traveled 1.83 miles, 35 very active minutes
Child 4: 4,563 steps taken, traveled 1.64 miles, 25 very active minutes
Child 5: 4,755 steps taken, traveled 1.52 miles, 28 very active minutes
Child 6: 4,406 steps taken, traveled 1.38 miles, 32 very active minutes
Educational Stops Along the Route
Oak Hill Middle School Garden
The first stop on the route was the Oak Hill Middle School Garden. Participants sat under the pavilion and were educated about the garden by Mr. Claxton.
Disc Golf Course
Second stop was the disc golf course where the participants learned about the Rolling Hills Disc Golf Course. Children had the opportunity to to make a disc in the Pole Hole.
Proposed Sidewalk and Trail
Participants learn about the proposed sidewalk and trail network on the Baldwin County school campus to be constructed in Summer 2015 with Safe Routes to School funding.
We would like to thank our sponsors Oconee Regional Medical Center and Chik-fil-A for supporting this event!