October is International Walk to School Month

October is International Walk to School Month
Oct 01, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014


Walking to School is Cool!

Each October, millions of children, parents, teachers, and community leaders across the globe walk to school to celebrate International Walk to School Month. Communities can choose to celebrate during Walk to School Day on October 8; Walk to School Week October 6-10; or the entire month of October. The event was designed to increase physical activity to help combat the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of today's youth, and the many health problems induced by the lack it, including: obesity,  increased cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke), increased rates of diabetes, breathing problems, including asthma and sleep disturbances - namely sleep apnea, increased digestive and liver problems, and increased orthopedic problems, including degenerative joint disease of the back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Obesity not only affects the body but also the mind, leading to increased psychological and emotional problems including anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and social isolation.

The California Podiatric Medical Association is a proud supporter of International Walk to School Month and offers healthy walking tips for event participants.