Fox Run Elementary School students got to school Wednesday morning with a little pep in their step.
“Today is International Walk to School Day, which is an event that promotes active transportation to and from school everyday and helps parents and families to understand how easy it is for kids to get physical activity everyday”, said Theresa Argondezzi, Health Educator with the Norwalk Health Department.
The day encourages schools, families, and children to add more physical activity to every day and to identify and create safe walking routes to school to use year-round.
James Martinez, Principal at Fox Run Elementary School, said “One of the issues today that we are encountering quite a bit is that children are not getting out enough. There are so many distractions and diversions that keep them in the home and we’ve lost that. Having them do this once a year clearly isn’t enough but it is certainly sending a message that movement, being active and promoting that, especially we adults who also fall into the trap of not doing it [going outside] enough, encourage the kids to do it.”
Argondezzi added “The national recommendation for kids is that they get 60 minutes of active play everyday. The message we want to get across is that can come in small increments, so a 10 minute walk to school or a 20 minute walk with your dog after-school, those are the types of things are great ways to be active and to be healthy.”
The Norwalk Health Department says an outdoor activity like walking to school has a positive impact on students throughout the day.
Tim Callahan, Health Director for the City of Norwalk said, “We know that children who are more physically fit and physically active are better learners, have more self confidence and all good things come from that.”
Argondezzi added “Fit kids are better academically, they are better behaviorally and it really helps them with their energy and brain power throughout the day.”
The Norwalk Health Department hopes more schools within the district and surrounding towns will participate in International Walk to School Day in the future.