$7500 Goes to Area Schools to Promote Walking and Biking

10352207_783634371678586_8731002095921309382_nResearch shows that physical activity for children increases concentration and can even boost test scores, so it is no surprise that Healthy Central Florida’s 3rd Annual Walk and Bike to School Workshop brought together nearly 50 teachers, principals, parents, community members and walking enthusiasts.

Everyone came together to share ideas and build partnerships to help schools start and/or grow walk and bike to school programs – including receiving mini-grants for their efforts, totaling $7,500.

HCF holds its Annual Walk and Bike to School Workshop to help educators, community leaders and parents see the many benefits of children walking and biking to school. These include improved air quality around schools (due to reduced car congestion), increased physical activity, and contributing to a sense of community – and when more children are walking and biking, more drivers are aware and paying attention to them.

The workshop also included speakers and panelists representing law enforcement, city government, schools and parents.  Orange County School Board Member Joie Cadle helped kick things off, and Best Foot Forward’s Joan Carragher gave a hopeful glimpse of the progress being made with the Best Foot Forward campaign and getting motorists to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. All schools were given the opportunity to win mini-grants worth $750, in addition to giveaways and tools to aid in walking and biking promotion.

International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 8th, so keep your eyes out for children walking and biking to school then – and every day.  And if you’re a parent, consider encouraging your child to join the healthy fun and walk or bike to school. And once a month or once a week, walk or ride with them. It’s a great way to start your day too!