Mayor Jean Stothert has proclaimed October 10 as Walk to School Day in Omaha. 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!
During this year’s Walk to School Day we invite schools and community partners to spread awareness of the benefits of using active transportation to start and end the school day. Get tips on planning your event here. This day of celebration has been happening for 22 years!
Why Move More?
A lack of physical activity plays a leading role in elevated levels of obesity, diabetes and other health problems; with 28,750 children in Douglas County alone at an unhealthy weight. 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.
Why Walk/Bike/Roll to School?
- Walking and biking to school offers an opportunity to build physical activity into a student’s daily routine.
- Regular physical activity is associated with greater school attendance, classroom performance and positive self- esteem.
- Walking and biking to school can also alleviate poor air quality and traffic congestion surrounding nearby schools caused in part by automobiles.
How We Can All Help
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. Parents are the spokes of an effective Safe Routes to School program, so find out if your child’s school has a Safe Routes to School program. If so, consider volunteering to lead a walking school bus or neighborhood clean up day. If your child’s school does not have a Safe Routes to School program, talk with school administration about starting one. Participating in Walk to School Day is a great way to get started!
Schools Celebrating This October 10
Live Well Omaha Kids is pleased to be working with Sacred Heart and All Saints Schools to promote walking, biking, and rolling to school on October 10. All students will receive their new Safe Routes to Schools maps, courtesy of Metro Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Live Well Omaha, as well as backpack reflectors. All Saints School students will take a brief walk along 10th St. and receive bike safety tips, while Sacred Heart students will take a walking field trip to the Great Plains Black History Museum.