The KidsWalk Coalition is a local partnership of government agencies and public health, transportation and community organizations dedicated to improving the health of New Orleanians by creating opportunities for physical activity. Its mission is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in New Orleans by making walking and bicycling safe for children and families to access schools, healthy eating choices and other neighborhood destinations.
The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University is the Coalition’s lead agency, and through a unique partnership with the City of New Orleans, the KidsWalk Coalition works directly with the Department of Public Works to make New Orleans’ streets and sidewalks safer and more accommodating for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Coalition is one of 50 partnerships in the country funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program. This initiative funds and provides direct support to community partnerships across the country working to reshape their environments in ways that improve the health of children and prevent childhood obesity. It is the largest and most ambitious community-action program ever supported by the foundation and is a cornerstone of its $500 million commitment to reverse the country’s childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.