The Hawai‘i County Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) team on the east side of Hawai‘i County, participated in two dynamic workshops this past spring. In Spring 2017, the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation and People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) presented Safe Routes To Schools training at Cheifess Kapiloani Elementary School in Hilo.

East Hawai‘i Community Coordinator, Sally Ancheta, participated and collaborated with staff from several East Hawai‘i elementary schools, the State Department of Health, the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association and Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works.

The training included a walking audit which looked at a possible pilot site for a Walking School Bus event in the Fall of 2017.  Participants plan to meet when school resumes and anticipate working on future projects to increase walkability to schools.