A child's path to a healthier life style may be the one they take to school.
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September is here and school is back in session! You don’t need any extra classes to know it’s important for kids to go to school and we should make it as easy and safe as possible. The Safe Routes to School initiative does just that.
Safe Routes to School programs are collaborative efforts by parents, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bike to school. Supporting Safe Routes to School programs will help to build and improve bike paths, walkways, and streets to allow safe and convenient walking and biking for children to get to school. We know that increasing the number kids who can safely bike and walk to school helps them develop positive habits and grow up at a healthy weight. Every child deserves to walk or bike to school safely and we should plan our neighborhoods so they can.
If you are sending your child back to school take note of the obstacles in your neighborhood that may prevent safe biking and walking and tell the school and your elected representatives about the problems you see. Working together we can keep our kids active and safe while reducing crashes and helping to prevent diseases like diabetes and heart disease.