Help us celebrate National Walk & Roll to School Day on October 12th. This annual event started in the United States in 1997 to bring awareness for the need for walkable communities. In the year 2000, the United Kingdom and Canada joined together for the first International Walk to School Day. Today, thousands of students and families celebrate the day to promote healthy habits, awareness of traffic safety, and environmental concerns around schools. It’s not too late to get involved! Plan a day to start walking your child or grandchild(ren) to their school. Don’t worry, you can celebrate on any day in October that fits your schedule. The benefits of this simple activity are many!
- Active trips to school allow children to incorporate regular, daily physical activity
- Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and decreases the risk of obesity
- In contrast, insufficient activity can contribute to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke
- Research suggests that physically active children are more likely to become healthy, physically active adults
- Children and adults can learn safe walking, biking and rolling skills together
- Teach children to cross streets at marked crossings and always look left-right-left
Environment & Community Benefits:
- Reduces neighborhood air pollutants emitted by vehicles
- Less traffic congestion making it safer for the entire neighborhood
- Creates a strong sense of community
- Contributes to lower costs for families saving on gas, communities maintaining roads, and school districts spend less on busing
Find more information and get started at www.walkbiketoschool.org.