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LETTER: Walk your kids to school

Parents should teach children importance of exercise

I live a few blocks away from E.S. Richards Elementary School.

I have just returned from walking my dog and noticed a handful of parents walking their children to the first day of school and many, many more driving them to school, clogging up Cherry, Whidden and Aster Terrace with their cars.

With obesity for adults and children at epidemic proportions, parents should be teaching their children (and themselves) the importance of incorporating exercise into the natural rhythm of their day.

One way to do this is to teach children the importance of walking from home to school and back. Not only is this good exercise it provides a buffer between home and school, a time for conversation and quiet thought and reflection about the day.

Parents: if you have the time to drive your children to school, you have the time to walk them to school by modifying your schedule by a few minutes.

Once you are confident that they can get to school on time and return home in a timely manner then they can walk with their siblings and friends from the neighbourhood.

Time to put an end to clogging up streets unnecessarily and wasting gas with unnecessary driving.

Karen Gardner

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