STREETS (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools)

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The STREETS Study (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools) is a five-year (2018 – 2023) natural experiment that will evaluate the City of Austin Safe Routes to School program. In 2016, the City of Austin approved $27.5 million in Mobility Bond Funds for Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects, including protected bike lanes, pedestrian islands, shared use paths, and pedestrian hybrid beacons. Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living Investigators will evaluate these transformative infrastructure changes. The evaluation will include a comparison/control study with schools in the San Antonio area.

The STREETS (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools) study includes two rigorous approaches:

Cross-sectional study:

  • Participants: 70 schools in Austin area; 30 schools in San Antonio area all 3rd– 5th grade classrooms/teachers are requested to participate in this project
  • Project length: 5 years, biannual measurements between Fall 2018 and Spring 2023
  • Measurements: classroom tally and school policy survey

 

Cohort study:

  • Participants: 30 3rd grade students and parents per 30 schools in Austin and 30 3rd grade students and parents in 15 schools in San Antonio
  • Project length: 3 years, between Fall 2018 and Spring 2023
  • Measurements: we will follow the selected 3rd graders for two additional years after baseline with surveys and accelerometers; parent and child surveys

STREETS Research Study Video


People:
 

Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RDN, LD, CNS, FISBNPA
Director and Principal Investigator 

Deborah Salvo Dominguez, PhD
Co-Investigator 

Adriana Perez, PhD
Co-Investigator 

Casey P Durand, PhD, MPH
Co-Investigator

Shelton Brown III, PhD
Co-Investigator 

Harold W. (Bill) Kohl III, PhD
Co-Investigator 

Leigh Ann Ganzar, MPH, DrPH
Post-doctoral fellow

Sarah S. Bentley, MPH
Project Coordinator

For more information about this project, please contact:
Sarah S. Bentley, MPH
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
1616 Guadalupe Street, Suite 6.300
Austin, Texas 78701
Sarah.S.Bentley@uth.tmc.edu
512-482-6152

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UTHealth drives forward programs to stop childhood obesity

Two grants totaling nearly $3.7 million will support the efforts of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to combat obesity and help Texas children achieve healthy lifestyles through the mission of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.