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Thousands Of Kids Hitting The Sidewalks Wednesday To Promote Exercise

It's expected that thousands of students across the county wil take part in the annual walk designed to promote youth exercise, including children from Ysabel Barnett Elementary in Temecula.

Drivers are encouraged to be extra alert this week as elementary and middle school students throughout Riverside County will opt on Wednesday to walk instead of ride to school in recognition of "International Walk to School Day."

It's expected that thousands of students across the county will take part in the annual walk designed to promote youth exercise, including children from Ysabel Barnett Elementary in Temecula.

During the walk, parents and community-based volunteers will form "walking school buses" to shepherd children to their schools, according to the Riverside County Department of Public Health, one of the agencies organizing the outing.

In some locations, public safety personnel will provide escorts, and safety mascots, such as the Riverside Police Department's "Buckle Bear," will provide sidewalk entertainment.

Organizers said walking programs promote reduced childhood obesity and highlight the importance of pedestrian access and safety.

Raven October 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I hope the students in Temecula do not have to walk too far it is supposed to be over 100 degrees Wednesday!
Sunshine October 02, 2012 at 03:36 PM
It is walking to school typically it is not 100 in the morning.

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