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AHA fosters and supports community efforts to make healthy eating and physical activity the way of life in Wake County.

From Walk to School Day to Walking All Year Long

conn-elem-walk-to-school-dayAt 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.

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