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Get kids riding and walking to school

Posted on Oct 01, 2014 by Maggie LaBarbera

Every year, thousands of children who normally are taken to school in a car are walking or riding their bikes this year on the National Bike/Walk to School day.

But don't let this be a one day event.  Make this a new commitment for the family. It doesn't have to be every day but choose one or two days that the kids will walk or ride their bike to work.

Here are some reasons to make this day a weekly event:

  • Kids need at least one hour a day of physical activity.  By walking or riding their bike to and from school, they will easily meet 1/3 to 1/2 of their requirements.
  • Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of obesity. In contrast, insufficient physical activity can contribute to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.
  • It's fun for kids when you make a special event.  
  • It's good for the whole family.
  • One less car on the road is great for the planet!

Nourish Thought for the Day:  

Every minute of a movement will quickly add up to an hour. Get moving!


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