National Walk to School Day
National Walk to School Day:
National Walk to school day is being celebrated on the first Wednesday of October to be aware that exercise is an excellent thing for health. Walking or cycling to school frequently benefits the health as well as the environment.
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Why the National Walk to School Day?
We used to hear stories from our fathers and grandfathers that they had to walk for miles to go to school in any weather conditions because there was no such proper transportation during that time. You do not need to send your kids to walk miles every day. But doing some exercise is always good for health. The world has become more advanced and filled with the latest technologies. Cars, buses, motorcycles, and all kinds of vehicles are available for traveling from one place to another. But think about this. As traveling from one place to another has become so comfortable and relaxed, the people of today’s world, especially the children, are becoming lazy. They do not have the time to do some regular exercise. On the other hand, the massive increase in vehicles generates a large amount of pollution, which is very bad for the environment. That is why keeping both facts in mind, the National walk to school day has been commenced since the late 90s.
The kids always must go through regular exercises. Otherwise, they will not grow properly according to their age. If they go to school by walking or cycling regularly, it will be a great help for their health, and they will go through regular exercises. To aware of the people and the children of the United States of America, national walk to school day is being celebrated on the first Wednesday of October. But, it is a message that walking to school for just one day will not change. Kids should regularly go by walking, and that will help them grow properly.
There is another aspect of this day. Due to the increase in millions of vehicles on the roads, air pollution has gone to a terrible position. This is not good for the world at all. The school buses and cabs are also a part of this air pollution. That is why to reduce the pollution level for one day in the United States, national walk to school day is being celebrated. Our world is in a threat due to pollution and global warming. Hence we must heal the world and make it a better place to live. This is one of those positive steps to save the environment from pollution.
In this busy world, kids do not have the opportunity to play properly every day. That is why they do not have the chance to do some regular exercises. But, if they go to school by cycling or by walking regularly, it will be an excellent exercise for them. And this will make the kids stronger, taller, and sharper. Now you might ask why this day is celebrated only for the children? The children are the upcoming generation who will live in this world for the next 60 to 70 years. Therefore, we must keep them fit and healthy so that they can survive in any situation.
In the same way, adults need to save the environment also for the future generation. This particular day works for both. It inspires the kids to do regular exercise by walking to the school and decreasing the number of vehicles on the country’s roads to reduce the pollution level at least for one day.
How Can We Observe National Walk to School Day?
Different people see this day in different ways. Some people think that it is perfect for children and the environment, and some selfish people become angry because walking to school instead of going by bus wastes their valuable time. But taking the positive vibes, you can observe this beautiful day in the following ways:
- Take your kids and walk to the school.
- The weather during the first week of October is delightful and perfect for a walk. So enjoy the time.
- When you celebrate this day for a specific cause, you must inspire others not aware of it. You can take photos and post social media platforms to share the moments with your friends and family.
Use the Hashtags #NationalWalktoSchoolDay and #WalktoSchoolDay to share your ideas.
History of National Walk to School Day:
The national walk to school day began in 1997, organized by Walkable America in collaboration with some other organizations. That event aimed to build awareness to the people regarding the usefulness of walking. They tried to inspire the kids for the sake of their health. The motive was also to save the environment from pollution. Walking daily will increase the physical ability of the children, and that will help them grow faster and be healthier in life. Therefore, it is not just a day to celebrate, and it is a message to make people aware.