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AHA improves the health and well-being of Wake County residents by facilitating and supporting community initiatives.

Is Your School Hosting a Walk to School Day Event?

walk bike to school logoInternational Walk to School Day is October 9 this year, and AHA wants to know which schools in Wake County are planning to host a Walk to School Day event this fall, and if schools are considering such an event but need some resources to help them plan.

Please let us know via this short online form.

Physical Activity and Student Achievement

Research shows that increased physical activity supports academic achievement. Beyond this learning connection, it improves’ student fitness and reduces behavior problems. Walking to school is a great way to energize students to learn each school day. Less than 15% of school children walk or bike to school, but walking one mile to and from school each day is 2/3rds of the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. There are so many good reasons for schools to organize ongoing walk to school programs!

Walk/Bike to School Recognition: The Wellness Star

New this year, AHA will recognize a limited number of schools with a Wellness Star for outstanding walk or bike to school activities. This recognition is for schools that go beyond hosting a Walk to School Day event. We encourage your school to host such an event this fall as a catalyst to an ongoing program. Many schools learn from these types of events how they can organize ongoing programs and what resources are available to help them improve safely getting to school (such as crosswalks, crossing guard, bike racks, etc.)

Learn more about the Wellness Star and AHA’s Brains and Bodies Award for the 2013-2014 school year on Sept. 11 at a free workshop in Raleigh. The workshop will be held at 10-11 a.m. and again from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to accommodate different schedule needs. Space is limited at both times, so please pre-register today.



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