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Walk to School Day promotes physical activity for students

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Norwalk, CT | Added on May 08, 2015 At 05:59 PM

About thirty students from Nathan Hale Middle School got up a bit earlier than usual Friday morning, to opt out of bus and car rides and walk to school. 

"I did this last year as a 7th grader," said Nathan Hale 8th grader David Chuba. 

"It's still relatively new and trying to get the kids up earlier than they need to get up is always a challenge, but they're doing a great job and the kids that are here are excited about it," said Mac Devito, Nathan Hale Middle School physical education teacher.  

The Norwalk Health Department and the Greater Norwalk Healthy Living Workgroup joined students at Andrews Field to support its Walk to School Day event, an annual effort to add fun and physical activity to the daily lifestyle of students.

"The overall increasing issue with health in this country and certain things, obesity and whatnot, it's just a good thing to promote life-long activity and physical education," said Devito. 

"The recommended 60 minutes a day can be achieved by walking to school, you can get 20-30 minutes in and the kids look very excited to participate," said Kaitlin Latham, Health Education Associate with The Norwalk Health Department.

This is the second year Nathan Hale Middle School has participated in Walk to School Day, and many students say they see the benefits.  

"It's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your body healthy and working properly," said 8th grade student Hannah Coleman.  

"It should help me maintain a healthy lifestyle and hopefully I'll grow to live a longer life," said Chuba.  

Cranbury and Silvermine Elementary Schools also participated in the event. 

"We try to stick to a mile or less," said Lantham. "Usually for the elementary schools we do half a mile because they're legs are a little shorter."


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