Participate In Walk or Bike to School Day on October 9


Supervisor Cook introduced a Board Matter proclaiming October 9 Walk or Bike to School Day in Fairfax County. Walk or Bike to School Day is an international movement that asks students, teachers, and administrators to forgo automotive transportation and instead rely on their own two feet.

Walking to school has many benefits. It includes helping children fight obesity, fosters a sense of independence, and takes cars off the road, reducing congestion and pollution in our neighborhoods. In Braddock District, we have been working to make streets safer for pedestrians, including children walking to school. Last year a crosswalk and sidewalk were improved at Terra Centre Elementary School using a $400,000 Safe Routes to School Grant.

Sometimes parents and children might not even be aware that there are safe options for walking to school. By encouraging and promoting Walk or Bike to School Day we can bring safe routes to their attention, and help create a new culture that is healthy and safe for our kids.

Childhood obesity is one of the most concerning public health issues of our time. Almost 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the United States are currently obese, a health epidemic contributing to childhood diabetes and other lifelong health issues. We don’t have to wait for the national government to act. We can start right here in Fairfax County by encouraging a simple and healthy alternative for students getting to school.

Attend 'Real Foor For Kids' on October 28

Real Food for Kids (RFFK) is an organization committed to improving public school lunches for students in Fairfax County.

On October 28 RFFK will host an event from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School (2310 Nordok Place, Alexandria, VA 22306).

Eat
Celebrity chefs from Restaurant Even, Bayou Bakery, Vidalia, Willow, Black Salt will be at the event showcasing some of their skills. Food specialists from Whole Foods will also be there. Chipotle, Noodles & Co, and Sweetgreen will also be handing out samples and hosting activities.

Play
Games and activities in the playing fields from FitKids, nationally recognized children’s fitness provider and partner with Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” initiative.

Learn
Experts will teach you about the benefits of sleep, physical activity, sports nutrition, healthful eating, food allergies, worm composting, eco-schools, and garden and farm education.

Explore
Tours of the nationally-recognized Hollin Meadows Gardens, as well as garden-centered activities and games will be held.

RSVP by emailing foodday@realfoodforkids.org or by visting www.realfoodforkids.org.


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