The annual Winter Walk Day is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 7. This nationally recognized day aims to encourage kids to get out and be active before and after school. Create a walking school bus in your neighborhood, slow down and enjoy the snow, and best of all get your physical activity in early and wiggles out before settling in for a day of learning. Walking to school or work helps reduce air pollution and traffic congestion around school zones.

Anabelle Peak of St. Albans City School

It’s also fun, according to St. Albans City School third grader Anabelle Peake. “I have been doing Walking Wednesdays for three years,” said Anabelle. “I think it’s nice cause you get some exercise and it is just fun. My parents think it’s fine. They think it gives me a chance to get off the bus. Friends on your street get a chance to walk with you. It is not hard. To other kids… Try to get out there and do Walking  Wednesdays.”
In partnership with Local Motion, RiseVT hopes that you and your family get out and walk on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Winter Walking 101

Winter is officially here, but that doesn’t mean an end to children walking to school. Being Vermonters there is never bad weather only the wrong layers. So with the right preparation, company, and spirit walking to school in the winter can be fun and enjoyable! Follow these six helpful tips to encourage students to continue walking to school all winter long:

  1. Check the forecast and avoid days that are too cold, windy, or snowy. We do live in Vermont so plan to be flexible and have a backup date that works for your family and neighborhood.
  2. Take a buddy! It’s more fun and safer for all.
  3. Dress for the winter weather – wear layers to help regulate your body temperature along with winter boots and warm socks to keep your toes warm. Don’t forget your hats and mittens for ultimate insulation against the cold!
  4. Take safety precautions – wear bright colors, stay visible, and always look both ways before crossing the road. Remember to walk against traffic if you must be on the road for part of your walk.
  5. Take safety precautions – wear bright colors, stay visible, and always look both ways before crossing the road. Remember to walk against traffic if you must be on the road for part of your walk.
  6. Stay hydrated, we often forget when having so much fun that we might work up a sweat. By drinking water before and after your walk to school you are helping to avoid dehydration.

By Rachel Narkewicz, RiseVT Promotion Specialist