Getting From Here To There

Just about everyone has heard tales from an elderly family member about how they walked miles to school year after year and never complained. As it turns out, these seemingly exaggerated tales may have some merit. A Journal of Physical Activity & Health review of nationwide surveys performed in 1969 and 2001 reveals that only about 16% of children age 5 to 18 walk or ride a bike to school today. Back in 1969, that figure was 42%.

The Bigger Picture: Although a slightly smaller percentage of children live within a mile of their school today as compared to the late 1960s, this does not account for the very significant decrease in walkers and bikers. And it's another indicator of why families should strive to become more active. This study did not suggest a correlation between physical inactivity and today's rising obesity rates, but it isn't too much of a stretch to make that connection. Try walking your children to school or going on a family bike ride. With the weather warming up, this is as good a time as any to get going.
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