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Register Now: Safe and Active Routes to School in Wake County Workshop on Nov. 12

Most of us remember walking or biking to school when we were children. Perhaps even five miles roundtrip in a foot of snow, if we’re exaggerating the story to our children.

Today, however, nationwide less than 15% of school children walk or bike to school, but walking one mile to and from school is 2/3rds of the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day, according to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In North Carolina, currently only 4% of students walk or Layout 1bike to school at least once a week, and 58% of elementary students in our state are not getting the recommended physical activity per day, according to the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.

Registration is now open for Taking the First Step: Safe and Active Routes to School in Wake County (Nov. 12, 5:30-8:30 pm, Cary) to help schools staff and parents in Wake County begin to shift these numbers and get more students involved in active transportation to school.

This workshop will provide school staff and parents with information and solutions about how to implement infrastructure change (such as adding sidewalks and signals for safer crossings) and at-school programs that can help all schools—including magnets where students travel some distance—implement programs that will keep students moving. Learn when to contact the school district and when to work with your municipality.

Workshop Highlights: Nov. 12, 5:30-8:30 pm

  • Panel discussions
  • Q&A
  • Small group dialog
  • Action planning
  • Toolkit
  • Inspiration Showcase

Active Routes to School, Region 5; North Carolina PTA and Wake County PTA Council join AHA in presenting this workshop Nov. 12, 5:30-8:30 pm at WCPSS Crossroads II, 110 Corning Rd. in Cary. Full agenda, speaker information and registration online.

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