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Walk to School Day in Iowa: Step One to Lifelong Habits

Walking to school or other regular physical activity by children can help improve their health and academic performance. Credit: shironosov
Walking to school or other regular physical activity by children can help improve their health and academic performance. Credit: shironosov
October 7, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa - Students across Iowa are taking a step in the right direction for their health on this International Walk to School Day.

Among them are kids at Clay Elementary School in Altoona, where principal Leah Morris said it's hoped that today will lead to more kids walking and biking to school throughout the year and being physically active throughout their lives.

"It's just an opportunity to show that it is doable to walk to school," she said. "A lot of students think it's a long ways, but it goes fast. It's a nice walk. There are lots of people."

In addition to helping improve students' health, Morris said, walking or biking to school also can help them improve academically.

"Most definitely. It gets that blood flowing and that heart beating and that brain working and it starts off the school great," she said. "So that's what we want for high achievement."

Back in the 1960s, around half of all school kids got to class by walking or biking, but now that figure is estimated at less than 15 percent.

More information is online at walkbiketoschool.org. Information on the decline of walking to school is at guide.saferoutesinfo.org.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - IA