Bay Area Kaiser Permanente director of prevention and a practicing pediatrician weighs in on Federal Transportation Bill

Family Bicycling Day in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Kate Michelle McCarthy, thanks to sfbike on flickr

“U.S. House wrongly eliminated Safe Routes funding,” says Bay Area resident Scott Gee, who is also a Kaiser Permanente director of prevention and a practicing pediatrician
Safe Routes to School dollars funded powerful tools – programs, infrastructure, cultural change – to fight against childhood obesity and  inactivity and promote healthy choices and overall wellness. Right now, “1 in 3 teenage kids in California are now overweight or obese, individuals who cannot be blamed for their condition.” Physical activity and healthy food choices have been designed out of the built environment. Safe Routes to School projects were changing the landscape and  lives of children and families all over California. Yet, on February 2, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee voted to eliminate all federal funding for the Safe Routes to School program and other initiatives that promote biking and walking.

Read more about the impact of losing federal funding and how the Safe Routes to School program impacted communities at SFGate, U.S. House wrongly eliminated Safe Routes funding.

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