the Ramapo College Nursing Program, has initiated a program called “Garfield Fitness, Unity, Nutrition” (F.U.N.) [http://www.garfieldfun.org/], which aims to promote healthy living in the community through diet and exercise.
Give Students an Active Project One component of the F.U.N. project is the use of interactive mapping to encourage kids to walk and cycle to school. Although Garfield boasts a great walking environment, community members were surprised to find out that less than half of Garfield’s students walked to school.
As part of the project, children in the Garfield YMCA’s before-school program were assigned to document the street and sidewalk conditions in their community. Using cameras and a computer purchased with the SRTS grant, the children take pictures on their walk to school and upload them the following day at the before-school program.
“Through the interactive mapping, the children are having fun as they discover new technology, explore their communities and get regular exercise,” explains F.U.N.’s program coordinator, Darleen Reveille. As the project progresses, the maps will contain a wealth of information including pictures and locations of traffic signals, crossing guards, important buildings, local businesses, healthy restaurants and other SRTS-related sites.