Join students, families, school leaders, community partners and mayors around the country on October 4th to celebrate the benefits of walking to school during International Walk to School Day. The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school. International Walk to School Day encourages students around the world to get out and get moving, combating childhood obesity by upping students' activity levels.
While the event only occurs once per year, it's a conversation starter and change initiator for schools and communities. By getting more children and parents out walking, organizers say, they're creating a sense of community, helping others learn safe places to walk and cutting down on fuel emissions and traffic congestion caused by long carpool lines and big, yellow school buses.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents get one hour or more of physical activity each day. Research suggests that physically active kids are more likely to become healthy, physically active adults, underscoring the importance of developing the habit of regular physical activity early
This year, Hillsborough County Public Schools hopes to engage even more schools, students and families in this great awareness raising event. Register your school’s event through the end of October to be counted among the thousands of schools who participate each year.
The whole community benefits from efforts to enable and encourage more children to walk or bicycle to school safely. Benefits include:
International Walk to School Day is held rain or shine.
The first Walk to School Day was organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America back in 1997. The idea went international in 2000 when Canada and the United Kingdom laced up their sneakers to take part. Today, more than 40 countries around the globe participate in International Walk to School Day.
To learn more about International Walk to School Day or Safe Routes to Schools, visit: http://bit.ly/SafeRoutes2School