As the Regional Safe Routes to School liaison, Christensen is dedicated to increasing physical activity levels among youth by enabling and encouraging students to safely walk and bicycle to and from school. (Submitted photo)
As the Regional Safe Routes to School liaison, Christensen is dedicated to increasing physical activity levels among youth by enabling and encouraging students to safely walk and bicycle to and from school. (Submitted photo)
Ashley Christensen, Regional Safe Routes to School liaison for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, has been awarded the 2013 Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion Excellence in Physical Activity award from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Each year, the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion at the Iowa Department of Public Health recognizes one individual throughout Iowa who has shown commitment and passion in the area of physical activity. Christensen will be recognized at the annual Governor's Conference on Public Health in Ames April 9-10.

As the Regional Safe Routes to School liaison, Christensen is dedicated to increasing physical activity levels among youth by enabling and encouraging students to safely walk and bicycle to and from school. Partnering with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, Christensen serves over 10,000 students in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek counties in Northeast Iowa. Christensen holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Iowa State University in Kinesiology and Health and Animal Science; she is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Christensen offers assistance to Northeast Iowa schools and communities for Safe Routes to School planning, education and activities. To learn more, contact her at 563-382-6171 or achristensen@uerpc.org. Upper Explorerland is a regional council of governments helping communities build the future of Northeast Iowa uerpc.org.

The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative promotes healthy, locally grown food and active living and play in the Northeast Iowa region iowafoodandfitness.org iowafoodandfitness.org.