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U of T experts, Toronto city planner to discuss active school travel

November 28, 2012

TORONTO, ON – Research consistently shows that Canada’s children are becoming increasingly sedentary and yet with the health of our next generation in jeopardy, one of the easiest and most accessible forms of physical activity – the walk to school – is still being passed over by most parents.

On December 5, hear from experts who are studying this challenge from a variety of angles at the free public symposium, “What Happened to Walking?  Encouraging Active School Travel in Toronto.” Hosted by University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the event will feature:

  • Keynote speaker Jennifer Keesmaat, the City of Toronto’s new chief planner and a passionate advocate of the walk to school
  • Professor Guy Faulkner, lead investigator of U of T’s Built Environment and Active Transports (BEAT) project, who will provide an overview of the study and its results
  • Professor Ron Buliung, co-principal investigator  on the BEAT project, who will present geographical and conceptual maps that demonstrate the bigger picture of our city’s challenges with the walk to school
  • Professor Caroline Fusco, BEAT co-investigator, who will share the perspectives of the children who took part in the study

The panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by award-winning Toronto Star architecture critic and urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume.


When: Wednesday, December 5, 6 p.m.

Where: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

Reservations are required; reserve online now for your free ticket.


For more information, please contact:

Valerie Iancovich
Communications Specialist
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Tel: 416-946-3713