As this article from The Atlantic Cities explains, a recent study in Denmark found that children who walk or bike to school performed better on tasks requiring concentration than children who were driven to school.  In the study, this exercise appeared to have an even greater impact on performance than eating breakfast.  Cognitive improvement is just one of the many advantages that walking provides; however, as of 2009, only 13% of U.S. kids used active transportation to get to school as of 2009.

Think walking to school is too dangerous?  The national Safe Routes to School Partnership provides lots of resources for safe and healthy trips.  For Philadelphia residents, the city and state have similar programs to help you get your kids walking.  Become an advocate for active transportation in your community!


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