This message is from Dr. Sergio Fazio, board member for the American Heart Association-Oregon and SW Washington and supporter of Safe Routes to School.
Kids get less physical activity than ever before, and the resulting prognosis is poor:
Today’s kids are the first ever to have a shorter life-expectancy than their parents.
As a physician in the Metro area, I see firsthand the devastating effects of kids who don’t get enough exercise. One in four Oregon kids are overweight or obese, leading to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension—a life plagued with preventable chronic disease. Most of the time, they don’t have the opportunity to get the recommended 60 minutes of exercise during the day.
Creating safe routes to school for walking and biking would allow our kids the opportunity to get much needed physical activity they need to live a long, healthy life.
Unfortunately, the kids who most need exercise often have the least opportunity to get it.
You and I can change that.
Together, we can urge Metro Council to make streets safe around our schools, and to ensure students and families receive education on how to walk and bike safely as part of a daily routine. This alone would help kids get 60% of their recommended daily physical activity.
Join me in signing the petition and asking Metro Councilors to fund Safe Routes to School for every kid.
There’s no time to wait.
Sergio Fazio MD, PhD
Dr. Fazio is an expert in metabolic diseases and preventive cardiology, and serves on the board of the American Heart Association-Oregon and SW Washington.