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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ENCOURAGES CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK 

Date: 10/3/2008 

Number: 08-52 

Contact: Suanne Buggy or Ken August, (916) 440-7259 

SACRAMENTO 

Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today encouraged California students and their parents to walk or bicycle to school in honor of Walk to School Week, October 6 – 10, 2008. More than 300,000 students and their parents are expected to participate in events throughout the state during Walk to School Week.

“The intent of Walk to School Week is to get children and adults moving by reintroducing the world’s simplest physical activity,” Horton said. “Becoming comfortable with walking or bicycling to school and other neighborhood destinations encourages healthy, active behavior for a lifetime.”

This year, more than 1,850 schools are taking part in Walk to School with a wide range of activities throughout October.

“Physical activity and good nutrition are fundamental to a healthy childhood,” Horton said. “Walking to school this week, and throughout the year, is a healthy way to start the day.”

In California, one in three children under 12 and one in four adolescents (ages 12 to17) is estimated to be overweight or at-risk for becoming overweight.  Walking or bicycling to school increases a child’s daily dose of physical activity, potentially decreasing the likelihood of obesity and diabetes.

For more information on Walk to School Week, visit www.walktoschool.org

 
 
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