Rachel wanted me to share this Letter to the Editor, by Dr. David Tilstra, President of CentraCare Clinic on Safe Routes to School.
CentraCare Health System strives to improve the health of Central Minnesota residents. Encouraging community members, especially school-age youth, to walk and bike more frequently is one route.
The number of students who walk or bike to school has dropped dramatically compared with a generation ago ... because the habits and lifestyles one develops in youth will follow you through life. A lack of physical activity starting in youth is a key contributor to the obesity epidemic.
Walking and biking to school is not only good for a student’s long-term health, it is good for academic performance. There are many credible studies that show a direct correlation between physically fit students and test scores. Read the rest of the article.