October 5 marks the 10th anniversary of International Walk To School Day. If you’ve never heard of it, the event was started by parents and teachers to encourage children to do more physically.
Some of the reasons participants cite for participating in the walk to school tradition include:
- It’s healthy – Indeed it is. More exercise means fewer children have to struggle with obesity. It’s good for the heart and it’s good for the muscles. If you don’t want to walk, you can ride your bike.
- It’s good for the environment – Automobiles pollute the air. In fact, auto emissions are the biggest pollutant on the planet. If you walk or ride your bike you’ll be helping the environment.
- Make routes for walking/bicycling safer – Annually about 25,000 child pedestrians are injured by motor vehicles. This is a day to help teach kids pedestrian and bicycle skills to decrease the risk of injuries.
International Walk To School Day is celebrated by public school and private school students and teachers. To find events taking place this October 5 in New York, visit the International Walk To School Day website.