October is International Walk to School Month

Registration is now open for 2007 International Walk to School events in the USA. This October, communities around the country will join nearly 40 countries to celebrate walking and bicycling to school.

Registration is free and available to all Walk to School event organizers in the USA. By registering, Walk to School organizers have a chance to win prizes for students and gain access to a variety of downloadable items, including certificates, printable sticker templates,
media materials and more. Registrants can also subscribe to a Walk to School e-newsletter with tips and resources for walk to school events.

Walk to School Day will take place October 3, 2007. To register an event, or to sign up as a resource person for Walk to School events, please visit www.walktoschool.org/register. Registered events will be displayed on an interactive map on the Walk to School Web site, so that neighboring communities, media and other organizations will be able to
view participating events.

Make it more than a one day event. Keep kids walking. Check out Peaceful Playgrounds We Count Walking Program which uses pedometers as an aid to kids in fighting fat.

The program’s design is based on research that indicates that inexpensive step-counting devices (pedometers) motivate and educate kids to walk and be more active, thereby impacting the alarming number of overweight children.

The We Count Walking Program is an innovative new program designed to get kids fit with the slogan, “Get Fit, Don’t Sit”. It comes complete with teacher materials to support cognitive development in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and concepts related to combating obesity.