So few kids walk or bike to school

In the 1960s 50 percent of kids walked to school. Now it’s about 13 percent, according to an article in Transportation Nation.

In the 1960s, kids spent their free time outside, riding bikes, playing with their friends, exploring their neighborhoods. Now they sit in front of the TV, the computer, or their cell phone.

In the 1960s overweight kids were rare. Now we have Type 2 diabetes in kids, and obese children as young as 2 years old has become a national problem.

It’s not a simple problem to address. There are many reasons for the growing obesity problem in this country, among adults as well as children.

But one thing we do know is that lack of exercise is a main factor.

There’s no need for an expensive gym membership. Just get outside and walk. Walk to school, walk to work, walk on your lunch hour, walk after work, walk after dinner. If you can bike safely, then that’s another way of getting to where you need to go and getting some exercise at the same time. If safety is a concern for parents, start a walking school bus.

Jan

 

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