School Travel Health Check (STHC)

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School Travel Health Check (STHC)

Posted: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:23

School Travel Health Check (STHC)

"The connection between physical activity and good health is very clear. Children in particular need to get back to the levels of walking and cycling that prevailed in their parents' time if we are to reduce the risk of obesity. The School Travel Health Check is, in my opinion, an invaluable tool for all those interested in improving the health and wellbeing of children. It provides such crucial information that I don't see how we can do without it.

If we want to get rates of cycling and walking up to the levels of the best European communities we need to use this data to make sure our transport plans will make that happen. If we fail to take maximum advantage of this opportunity, we may fail our children."

Dr Gabriel Scally

Regional Director of Public Health for the South West

The STHC analysis service is interested in how children travel to school and how far they travel to get there. The site provides users with quality spatial intelligence data that enables them to quantify and visualise the actual school travel situation down to individual school level, thereby helping them to better target their behaviour-change resources to achieve a mode shift to more active and more sustainable modes of travel on the "school run".

Since it began the STHC has successfully been delivered to nearly 30 local authorities, processing over 3.3 million pupil records from over 5,100 separate UK schools - nearly 25% of the LEA controlled schools in England!

Schools can purchase this at an average cost of between £0.15 and £0.22 per pupil per year.

Tags: Active Travel, Health & Well-being, Physical Activity, School Sport

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