On September 16, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed October 2 as Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day in Nebraska.
Live Well Omaha Kids and a member of the Safe Routes to Highlander Advisory Council, Miss Joyce, traveled to the State Capitol for a special proclamation ceremony.
Safe Routes Coordinator Toni Igbokidi gave the following remarks:
“October 2 is Walk, Bike, & Roll to School Day. On this day, kids, families, and schools across the globe are encouraged to be active by walking, biking, or rolling to school. These forms of active commuting help kids achieve increased physical activity AND reduce traffic! Health experts recommend that children should be physically active for 60 minutes a day, yet only half of area parents report their child meets this physical activity recommendation.
Each of us can play a role in educating, encouraging and creating environmental conditions supportive of children and their parents safely walking and biking to school in an effort to boost student cognition and health. Live Well Omaha and our supporters ask that schools, families, and city officials take a close look at the area surrounding their schools and make efforts to together address any changes that will improve safety and walkability.
On behalf of Live Well Omaha Kids and our partners, thank you Governor Ricketts for honoring the importance of safe, active transportation to school with this proclamation.“
Want to get involved? Walk to School Day is an energizing event that any community, neighborhood, and school can celebrate. Check out these ideas on how get started with an event plan!