Do your kids walk or bike to school? If they do, they are among the few.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 15 percent of America's children walk or bike to school. That's compared to the 50 percent of all children who walked to school in 1969. Just last year, I documented my own struggle with getting my kids to walk to school
. But I'm happy to report that this is no longer an issue in my house. After last year's balking, I was prepared for the worst, but my kids have gladly walked back and forth to school every day so far this school year.
To encourage more kids to walk or bike to school, the National Center for Safe Routes to School sponsors Walk to School Day
, a nationwide event held in the fall every year to encourage kids and their families to keep the cars at home and walk or bike to school instead. Last year, 4,000 schools across all 50 states participated in Walk to School Day, and organizers are hoping that this year's event, which will be held on Oct. 3, will draw even bigger crowds.
To get the word out early, CLIF Kid
is sponsoring a contest to help kids kick off a "Walk to School" event at their own school. The contest structure is a little annoying as it requires you to "Like" the CLIF Kid Facebook page in order to participate — a big no-no in the land of Facebook giveaways. But if you do feel inclined to "Like" the page, your child can then enter to win a school kit for 250 kids with a walk-to-school banner, CLIF Kids snacks, reflective stickers and coloring pages, which might be just what they need to encourage more kids to walk to school. Entries accepted until Sept. 12. Kids can enter at the CLIF Kids Facebook page
How will you and your kids participate in this year's "Walk to School" event?