Brushton-Moira Central School hosted a Walk to School Day on Friday, June 8, attracting over 180 students.
Walk to School Day promotes independence, adventure, and most importantly, regular physical activity. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children and adolescents should get at least one hour of physical activity every day, which can lead to health benefits later in life.
“Before school physical activity has shown to be beneficial in increasing brain activity which helps students to be ready for learning,” said Kat Haney, program coordinator at the North Country Healthy Heart Network.
Brushton-Moira’s Walk to School Day featured a raffle of prizes that promote the goals of the program, including two bikes and eight Olympia Sports gift cards for grades 3 to 12. Olympia also donated a 20% off coupon to every child that participated and a coupon for a free t-shirt.
To learn more about Walk to School days and the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program, visit www.heartnetwork.org.