Omaha Public Radio News
11:14 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Wednesday is International Walk to School Day

Omaha, NE – Wednesday is International Walk to School Day.

The event encourages children to live a healthy lifestyle by walking or riding their bicycles to school. Nebraska has participated in Walk to School Day since 2005.

Angela Barry, Safe Routes to School Nebraska Program Coordinator, says walking or bicycling to school has benefits beyond good health. "When kids get to school, studies show they're more alert and ready to learn, and it decreases the traffic around the schools, so it's safer for children."

Barry says more schools are incorporating walking or bicycling as part of wellness programs because it's an easy way to get kids to be active.

Schools in Omaha and Lincoln are among the Nebraska participants.