From Walk to School Day to Walking All Year Long
At least 31 schools in Wake County registered to participate in the 20th International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5 (or this month), according to Active Routes to School, Region 5. AHA advocates for Walk to School Day events because history shows that such events have a history of leading to policy and engineering changes that help make it safer and more convenient for students to walk to school on a regular basis. Did you know that walking 1 mile to and from school provides 2/3 of the recommended 60 minutes a day of physical activity for children?
Schools can turn to the Safe and Active Routes to School in Wake County Toolkit for information on how to conduct a walkability audit, when to contact the school district vs. the municipality, how to organize remote drop-off and walking school buses, biking programs, and more. Use the Toolkit as a guide to transition from a once a year walking event to ongoing programs! Research shows that active students have higher academic achievement scores.