University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension

HOT Project: Healthy Outcomes for Teens

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HOT Trips

In HOT Trips, you can find your home and favorite places to go to, and then make trips between them to see how long it takes to walk and how many calories you can burn. Get started by finding your home.

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Tips for Safe Walking

  1. Walk facing traffic. Always walk on the side walk. If no side walk, then walk facing traffic
  2. Be visible. Wear bright colored clothing in the daytime and light colored clothing and reflective materials at night.
  3. Cross safely. Always look left, right, and left again before you cross. Cross streets at marked intersections and obey traffic signals. Make sure the driver turning his vehicle sees you and stops for you.
  4. Walking at night. Carry a flashlight with you and walk in a well lit area. Having a dog or partner with you is recommended at nighttime. Make sure you know your route. Avoid alleys and other unsafe looking areas.
  5. Keep the volume down. Try using only one headphone or earbud of your music player or keep the volume low so that you can still hear what is going on around you.
  6. Don't use cell phones. Talking on the phone while you walk is as dangerous as talking while driving. It distracts you and you are not aware of your environment.You are less likely to recognize traffic danger, passing joggers and bikers or tripping hazards. Having a cell for with you for emergencies is a good idea.
  7. Be aware of stranger danger. Choose walking routes frequented by other walkers, bikers, and joggers. If you see someone suspicious, be prepared to alter your route or get into a store or public building to avoid them. Acting alert and aware convinces bad guys to look for easier targets.
  8. Know your way. Let someone know when you go for a walk and where you are going. Always know where you are and how to get back home. Carry your ID with you.
  9. Walk dogs on short leashes. It is safer for your dog, yourself and other pedestrians. Dogs on long leashes get into fatal dog-car accidents or they can attack another pedestrian.
  10. Stay aware of bikers and runners. Share the road and path with bikers and runners. Bike riders should alert you when approaching from behind with a bike bell or a 'passing on the left/right'. Listen for them, and move to walk in a single file, allowing them to pass safely. Runners should also call out for passing. Bike-walker collision can result in broken bones or head injury for either - and you aren't wearing a helmet.
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