Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Let's Move

We applaud First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to reduce childhood obesity announced yesterday, Let's Move. The name says it all, it's time for kids to get moving again. Walking and biking to school are the easiest ways for kids to get daily exercise and develop habits they can use throughout their lives. In order to do so safely, they need safe routes to school and they need to be taught bicycle safety skills at an early age.

Physical Activity is one of four areas of emphasis in the Let's Move campaign:
To increase physical activity, today's children need safe routes to walk and ride to school, parks, playgrounds and community centers where they can play and be active after school, and sports, dance or fitness programs that are exciting and challenging to keep them engaged.

Let's move to increase opportunities for kids to be physically active, both in and out of school and create new opportunities for families to be moving together.
The first activity listed under "Ensuring Kids Get the 60 Minutes of Active Play Each Day" is "Plan a Kids Walk to School event." Now is the time for Fairfax to make a concerted effort to support the Virginia Safe Routes to School program and to apply for some of the $13,000,000 available for getting more kids walking and biking to school.

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