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Norwalk, CT | Added on May 02, 2014 At 11:43 AM

Nearly 60 elementary school students in Norwalk decided not to take the bus Friday morning.

"It's a nice way to start the day off and the kids enjoy it."

Parents, teachers and students of Fox Run Elementary School walked from the parking lot of St. Matthew's Church to school for its third annual Walk to School Day, a collaborative initiative supported by the Norwalk Health Department and the Greater Norwalk Healthy Living Workgroup to encourage daily physical activity.  

"This is one of our initiatives that came out of it is getting kids more physically active," said Norwalk Health Department project assistant Megan Dimeglio and walking to school is one way to get them physically active." 

"It kind of energizes you for the day," said Fox Run Elementary School assistant principal Pat Dielman. "It gets you out get's you up, gets you going and personally I love that and I think that helps the kids too." 

"You can get exercise and it's fun to walk with your family," said one student.  

The Greater Norwalk Healthy Living Workgroup is a coalition of organizations, agencies, and community members from local cities and towns dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles. Students from Naramake Elementary School and Nathan Hale Middle School also walked to school from Andrew's Field.   

"The youth these days are spending more and more time in front of their electronics and it's just one way to bring them all together, have a great time in the morning, take 15 minutes and get some physical activity," said Norwalk Hospital Community Health Liaison Joyce Bretherton.

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