Mayor Jean Stothert proclaimed October 10 as Walk to School Day in Omaha. On this day, kids, families, and schools across the Metro were encouraged to be active by walking, biking, or rolling to school.
All Saints School participated as part of their Safe Routes to School project and took a 10-minute morning walk along 10th Street. Students also received their new Safe Routes to Schools maps, as well as backpack reflectors. The maps encourage kids and their families to rethink how they get to school. Perhaps driving is required but a family could select a drop-off zone a couple of blocks away to allow the child a chance to get in some steps before starting their school day. Health experts recommend children should be physically active for 60 minutes a day, yet only half of Omaha metro area parents report their child meets this physical activity recommendation.
Walking is a form of active commuting that help kids achieve increased physical activity, be exposed to fresh air, and reconnect with their neighborhood and community. Walking also reduces traffic, which is a safety concern of All Saints School since their building faces the busy 10th Street.
Thanks WOWT 6 News for stopping by to talk during the walk about the importance of this day with Principal Terri Bush and Live Well Omaha’s Sheena Kennedy Helgenberger. Watch here.
Live Well Omaha Kids teamed up with CUES to bring Safe Routes to School to All Saints School, Holy Name School, and Sacred Heart School. SRTS is provided free of charge through a Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Grant from Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.