International Walk to School Day: October 8, 2014

WTSD 2014

As we all head back to school, it is exciting to see more and more children and their families walking and bicycling to school each morning.

Now it is time to celebrate during International Walk to School Month and on Walk and Bike to School Day, October 8! Integrating exercise into everyday life creates a lifelong commitment to physical activity, plus active kids are healthier and do better in school. October is a great month to join one of the thousands of walking school buses or bike trains. You can take your first steps by becoming a champion for active schools and Safe Routes to School programs in your community.

If you’re looking for resources to start or enhance an event at your school, here are a few tips.

  • Make Fire Up Your Feet your first stop for information and support for joining the movement for healthy, active schools. You can register to track activity during the month October or watch our short instructional videos to learn the basics of encouraging your family and school to be healthy and physically active with Fire Up Your Feet.
     
  • Share this infographic about the benefits of walking and bicycling for kids, your community and the planet.
     
  • Don’t forget to register your Walk to School Day event at walkbiketoschool.org to ensure your efforts are counted as part of the nationwide movement for walking and bicycling.

We love hearing about your success stories and lifting them into the spotlight. Share your stories with this webform and send us pictures with your captions for our usage in publications or to provide to the media.  We know you’ll be getting a lot of great photos on Walk and Bike to School Day – please share them!

Please direct any media inquiries to Margaux Mennesson, Communication Manager at margaux@saferoutespartnership.org.  

Back to Safer Schools: Twitter Town Hall on August 20

As recent incidents in communities across the country highlight, community safety and gun violence affect whether or not families can safely access opportunities for physical activity. As schools all over America reopen their doors, parents and children in many neighborhoods are talking together about balancing physical activity and safety, and the need for communities that support both.

We are talking about this with our partners in a Twitter Town Hall next week #Back2SaferSchools.

National Bike to School Day is May 7!

National Bike to School Day

May is National Bike Month AND National Physical Fitness Month, which means there are lots of reasons for kids and adults to get motivated to add physical activity into their daily lives through bicycling and walking to school and around the community. Here are three ideas for harnessing the momentum around physical activity to get your school moving this month:

  • Fire up your active school: It’s not too late to register and start tracking your physical activity as part of the May Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge. Schools in Oregon, SW Washington, Virginia, Baltimore, DC, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire could win awards of up to $2,000 for health and wellness initiatives!
  • Start a walking school bus or bike train: Walking school buses and bike trains are fun ways to interact with other families and strengthen community connections. Organize or join a bike train for kids and families at your school.
  • Strengthen your school’s wellness policy: School policies can impact the amount of physical activity that children receive on a regular basis. Because of this, it’s important to be able to identify both barrier policies, which discourage, prohibit, or otherwise present barriers to physical activity, and supportive policies, which encourage, support, or enable physical activity opportunities. Find resources to help you develop and improve your school’s wellness policy.

You can link to the National Bike Month site for more resources and information about hundreds of events nationwide and register your bike to school day event and download free planning resources by visiting walkbiketoschool.org

Then share your success stories by posting comments and photos on our Facebook page, we love seeing what is happening in communities around the country.

And don’t forget, Walk to School Day will be celebrated this fall on October 8, 2014 – check out Fire Up Your Feet resources to really ignite your plans this year and celebrate the entire month of October!

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