Walking in LA?!?!? Why not?
School has begun, leaves are changing (even in Southern California), and that means its “WalkTober”
and it’s time to get walking!
In California, one in three
children is at risk of being
overweight, or is already
October signals the call to parents, teachers, and students to join in the internationally-recognized awareness month to encourage communities to develop sustainable “walk to school” programs to help kids get active and walk to school safely. [http://www.walktoschool.org/]
Call to Action!
Communities all around Southern California are coming together to get out and improve their health. Schools all around Los Angeles, from the Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills to Trinity Elementary and Adams Middle Schools downtown, have begun participating in the Walk-to-School program. In the South Bay cities of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach, an ambitious health-based initiative has begun to improve residents’ exercise and dietary habits. One of the programs they have begun to implement is the “walking school bus”.
What is a walking school bus?
It’s like a carpool—without the car—with the added benefits of exercise and visits with friends and neighbors. A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school to as structured as a route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of trained volunteers.
Fewer than ½ California children (9-11 years-old) get the recommended ONE hour or more of physical activity per day.
What is a walking school bus?
It’s great when the whole community gets involved but that activity can start with just
one family.
1) Pick one day a week and get the whole family excited about a morning stroll to school
2) Grab a neighbor—Is there a neighbor you see every morning going on the same route to school? Invite them to walk along with you
3)Talk to your school principal to encourage the school to get more people out.
4) T4) Scout out a safe walking route.
5) Make a list of how much activity you get per
day…Do you get at least 1 hour? If not,
walking to school is a fun and easy way to
increase your activity.
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2 Responses to Walktober

  1. vedradijaus says:

    Thanks for sharing such a useful stuff!

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