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Shape Your Future encourages Oklahomans to walk or bike to school on Oct 5

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)- Shape Your Future is encouraging students, families, communities and schools across Oklahoma to “walk n’ roll” during the 20th Annual Walk or Bike to School Day on October 5.

“Riding bikes or walking to school is a great way for kids to fit some physical activity into their day,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. “This is one easy step to help kids get their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Plus, it’s fun for friends and families to get moving and enjoy healthy activities together.”    

Finding easy ways to include physical activity in daily routines is more important than ever. More than one in three Oklahoma kids are obese or overweight, placing them at increased risk for long-term health problems such as type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. They are also at greater risk of becoming obese adults.

Last year, over 5,000 students, parents and teachers participated in Walk or Bike to School Day nationally, including hundreds of Oklahomans at 57 registered Walk or Bike to School Day events across the state. To register your event for 2016, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Walk or Bike to School Day promotes physical activity and raises awareness for the need to have walkable communities that are safe for pedestrians, especially children. Not only is Walk or Bike to School Day an easy way for kids to stay active, it also advocates the need for policies and projects that promote safe walking and bicycling, such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, crosswalks and walking trails.

Shape Your Future is setting the stage with several ways participants can “walk n’ roll” on their way to school on October 5:

  • Start a “walk n’ roll” band. Take the whole family along, and invite friends and neighbors to participate too, making it a neighborhood event.
  • If you live too far from school or do not have access to safe routes, designate a starting point for you and your family to park. Then, get the show on the road and walk or bike from there.
  • Host an event at your school, like a “walk n’ roll” parade. Have it during a school assembly, and let students become “walk stars.”
  • See if your school has a walking school bus program or volunteer to start one. Learn more about how to get going at www.walkingschoolbus.org.

Registering a Walk or Bike to School Day event at www.walkbiketoschool.org provides organizers access to free, downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, and customizable fliers. Events that register on the Walk or Bike to School website will be displayed on an interactive U.S. map, where neighboring communities, media, and other organizations can identify who is holding an event in their area. For more information about Walk or Bike to School Day, visit www.ShapeYourFutureOK.com.

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