ABC Action News: Walk To School Day

Walking to SchoolDeiah Riley, ABC Action News, WFTS-TV in Tampa,  reminded us that Wednesday 10-3-2012 is “Walk To School Day. ”  Angela Ardolino editor of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine talks with Deiah Riley about why parents should consider incorporating walking or biking to school in their child’s routine and how to do it safely. With childhood obesity being a number one health concern in the news today, exercise is an obvious benefit.  Angela says that if your child walks or bikes to school just one day a week, it would be enough physical activity for them to avoid chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease and obesity. Also kids that walk to school do better in school in terms of learning. Kids that do something active before they go to school improves their concentration, improves their mood and makes them better able to handle school stress.

Kids all over the world are walking to school.

To start, parents should walk with their children and make sure they learn a safe route.  During the walks,  parents can teach them the way around the neighborhood, alternative routes and how to get to places like the homes of friends and family in case of emergencies.  If other families in the neighborhood join in,  it could be a nice social outlet for meeting other parents and kids in the neighborhood.  The kids can meet “walk to school buddies” because they should never walk alone and parents can take turns checking up on the children as a group when it’s time to turn the reins over to the kids to walk to school on their own.

Angela says that overall, walking and biking to school is a great way to get exercise, helps kids get mentally prepared for the day’s learning, and helps the neighborhood come together.

Having a safe route is the biggest concern for parents. Angela tells us of a great website, www.WalkBikeToSchool.org, that will give you best route to your child’s school if you plug in your address  It also only gives parents tons of tips on doing this for your family and information on Walk to School Day and how to coordinate the event in your town.

Related Sites:

National Center for Safe Routes to School

 

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