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Walk-to-School Programs Put Kids' Fitness First
Date:8/26/2011

parents time if they get other parents to help," he explained. "There are parents who've decided to leave the car at home and take turns walking the kids to school. It might take a little longer to do it, but they build it into their day. It's good for them and good for the kids."

Another advantage of the program is decreased traffic congestion around schools, where carpool lines can pose dangerous circumstances for kids getting into or out of cars, Mendoza noted.

"I'm hoping policy makers and public health officials consider supporting these programs," he said. "It's a broad-based way to get our children to be more physically active. We could say it's an old-fashioned idea, but what's old is new again. We're adapting it to the reality of today."

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has more information about walk-to-school programs at www.saferoutespartnership.org/about.

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Find out more about walk-to-school programs at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

SOURCES: Jason Mendoza, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; Silva Arslanian, M.D., chief, weight management and wellness center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; September 2011 print issue, Pediatrics.


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