Corvallis and Philomath, Oregon

In 2003, Patricia Parsons, a health promotion specialist for Chronic Disease Prevention at the Benton County Health Department, decided to implement a sustainable program to help prevent childhood obesity. With the creation of two local Safe Routes to School task forces two years later, Parsons and the respectively urban and suburban towns of Corvallis and Philomath in Benton County, Oregon, have implemented strategic SRTS programs to increase safety and encouragement activities for the various elementary and middle schools' bicyclists and pedestrians. These policy and environmental efforts encourage physical activity and healthy eating, thereby working toward the ultimate goal of decreasing childhood obesity.