Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wednesday, October 6th is International Walk Your Kids to School Day!
Wake up a few minutes early tomorrow morning, grab your sneakers, and take a nice stroll with your kids in the fresh autumn air. You'll be joining millions of parents, students and community members around the world who are trying to promote more walkable communities.

The concept of an official "Walk to School Day" was started in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. By 2002 over 3 million participants from all 50 states joined in the effort. Today, parents, kids, and communities members from over 40 countries stretch their walking legs on this special day.

When you walk to school, good things happen:

1.) Air quality improves. A four-mile trip by car adds 15 pounds of pollution to the air. That same trip by sneaker: no fumes.

2.) Hearts start pumping. Walking helps promote a healthy lifestyle, especially important with the growing concerns over childhood obesity.

3.) Conversations spark. The walk to or from school can be a great time to catch up with your kids.

4.) Awareness increases. Your actions may inspire others to dig out their sneakers and walk as well.

Reading this after October 6th? Don't worry. The entire month of October has been designated as International Walk to School Month. You have plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs, join the effort, and reap the benefits of walking to school.

For more information, or to get your school involved in an official walk, visit:

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