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Walk/bike to school event encourages children to stay active

If parents were told there was a program that would result in their child being in a better mood, sleeping better and getting better grades, parents would likely rush to sign their child up.
The good news for parents is those are all benefits of their child staying active! According to government guidelines, children ages 6 to 17 need at least one hour of activity each day. Along with immediate health benefits, active children also see longer lasting benefits, including stronger bones.
Staying active was the message shared during the annual bike/walk to school event held by the Gillett and Suring school districts in May. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, the Nurse’s Nook program and Safe Kids of Oconto County all helped with the event.
“Getting involved in community wellness initiatives aligns with the mission of the Hospital Sisters Health System,” said Nuala Nowicki, RN, Nurse’s Nook founder. “The bike and walk to school day events provide students with healthy alternatives and safety lessons that they can incorporate into their daily lives.”
Students of all ages were urged to bike or walk to school. Designated locations and routes were assigned to help keep kids safe. Each route was approximately one mile.
Though the weather was cold and rainy, nearly 400 students from the two districts participated, as did more than 150 adult volunteers. Local law enforcement, fire and first responders walked alongside the kids, assisting with traffic control.
Local businesses support the initiative by supplying gift cards, water and nutritious snacks. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provided a dozen bikes and 200 bike helmets for prizes. Volunteers were on site to complete helmet fit checks on all the biking participants.
The annual event is not only a safe and fun way to get to school, is also provides great lessons on staying active and serves as a reminder to work exercise into children’s daily lives.

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