Back to school – walk your child’s route to school

District Chronicles

September 22, 2016
in Safe Routes

It is back to school time and parents and students are getting acclimated to new schools. Part of that process is determining the best route to get there. If the school is not that far, why not walk your child to school? This daily activity can have exponential health benefits for both parent and child.

“Physical inactivity during childhood can lead to many preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease,” said Dr. Steve Owens, Associate Executive Director, Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE). “All communities should welcome opportunities that encourage their children to be more physically active.” Dr. Owens is the principal investigator of the DHPE’s National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention grant that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Community Health.

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