It’s Walktober! Celebrate Children’s Health Month and Walk to School Dayby Pima County News on Oct. 02, 2012, under air pollution, children, Environmental Quality, Health, Pima County, Transportation, Tucson, youth
October is National Children’s Health Month and what better way to celebrate than to encourage healthy habits by walking our children to school. October 10th is Walk to School Day throughout Pima County, which is an event designed to reduce vehicular-generated air pollution that surrounds school yards each day and inspire families to use human power to commute to school. Some schools have chosen other days in October to celebrate, depending on their school schedule.
This year, a record-breaking 52 schools across Pima County have registered to participate in Walk to School Day. In addition to the improved air quality, other benefits of walking to school include reduced traffic congestion around schools, improved safety with fewer cars for children to dodge on their way to the door, increased exercise to help reduce obesity, less gasoline used, and reduced wear and tear on vehicles.
Children breathe more than adults in proportion to their body weight; therefore, it is critical that the air be healthy in order for them to thrive in school. For example, when a child is exercising at maximum levels, such as during a soccer game, they may take in 20 to 50 percent more air — and more air pollution — than an adult would doing a comparable activity. The goals of Children’s Health Month and Walk to School Day dovetail as both events highlight the importance of reducing children’s exposure to pollution and encouraging more active lifestyles.
For more information on the Walk to School Day in Pima County, contact Donna at (520) 243-BIKE or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Tucson Safe Kids Program and Pima County Department of Transportation are sponsoring this event with assistance from Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.