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Webinar: Reducing Liability Concerns and Getting Kids Active through SRTS
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When: August 11, 2010
1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT
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The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to announce that the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN) is presenting a free webinar August 11, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EDT on Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and liability for childhood obesity prevention policymakers and advocates. They have also just released new resources about liability.

Despite the many benefits of SRTS, some schools have been reluctant to support SRTS programs due to concerns about being sued if an injury or problem arises. But such fears are largely unwarranted. By acting responsibly and understanding liability issues, schools, nonprofits and parent groups can help students reap the health and academic benefits of SRTS programs while minimizing any risks.

In this
webinar, participants will learn about the basics of liability in the context of SRTS and how school districts, nonprofit organizations and others can reduce their liability in SRTS programs. Presenters will put liability concerns in perspective, explain how SRTS programs can leave schools with a lower risk of liability than existed prior to the program and provide practical advice on best practices for implementing SRTS programs and policies. Robert Ping, state network director at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, is one of the presenters and will discuss how liability fears can impinge on SRTS program success, and will feature best practices and case studies to show how communities from around the US have dealt with the issue successfully.

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