Elliott Point Participates in National Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Elliott Point Elementary School participated in the National Walk to School Day.  Elliott Point’s Principal Janet Norris, recognizing the benefits of walking, encouraged all students to walk to school. 

“Our goal, with the help of Elliott Point Elementary School teachers and community partners, was to encourage students to explore other ways to get around and learn the benefits of walking,” said Norris.  “We wanted to build enthusiasm and draw attention to the need for safe routes to school for students to be able to walk and bike as part of a regular school activity.”

According to the website, WalkBiketoSchool.org, walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime.  Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of obesity.  In contrast, insufficient physical activity can contribute to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents get one hour or more of physical activity each day.  Research suggests that physically active kids are more likely to become healthy, physically active adults, underscoring the importance of developing the habit of regular physical activity early.

Over 100 students and parents met Elliott Point Elementary School Resource Officer Deputy Jason Folley, teachers, and educational support employees at the Uptown Station parking lot where they begin their walk with TEAM Elliott Point! 

Learn more about the benefits of walking or biking to school at WalkBiketoSchool.org.

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