Looking for a way to promote healthy living, through exercise and fresh vending options? One way is to participate in the National Walk to School Day. Kids and parents alike are doing just that in the Kansas City Metro area. Lacing up their tennis shoes and getting set to hit the pavement to get to school is just one simple way of promoting healthy living. Fresh, healthy vending options and exercise are important to maintain the health of not only adults, but kids, as well.
The purpose of National Walk to School Day is to encourage children to live healthy and get out and exercise. Kansas City is hoping the day will be just the beginning of a healthier lifestyle for kids all over the area. Active Living KC is a program that encourages healthy living by introducing regular physical activities into the daily routines of kids and adults. Healthy habits, such as walking instead of riding the bus, and fresh vending choices are important to teach children who may not be getting enough exercise. Healthy eating habits can also be supplemented by fresh healthy vending options.
The Hickman Mills School District was given a grant from the Health Care Foundation. This grant has allowed the school district to implement the National Walk to School Day to the Ingels Elementary School already. They hope the fresh vending program is a success and wish to bring it to all of the schools in the district.
Many of the schools are already planning to participate in the program. They plan to use a “walking school bus” on Wednesday. Groups of children will walk to their school, along with at least one or more adults with them for safety. Kids walking to their schools should always be accompanied by a responsible adult, as the safety of all children is also of the utmost importance to the school district.
With many healthy options now available, such as fresh healthy vending products and the Walk to School Day, the school district hopes that all kids will learn the importance of healthy living, including eating right and getting plenty of exercise.