In an article published September 27, 2016, the Kane County Chronicle’s Violet Marquardt interviewed Sue Erikson of Making Kane Fit For Kids about International Walk to School Day:
Violet Marquardt: When did Walk to School begin?
Sue Ericson: International Walk to School Day is an annual global event involving communities from more than 40 countries walking or biking to school on the same day. Making Kane Fit for Kids has hosted and supported Walk to School Day in Kane County for seven years, beginning in 2010.
Marquardt: Who participates in Walk to School Day?
Ericson: Kane County elementary and middle schools. Fit for Kids provides funding to PTOs or school officials to organize individual walks. Each school takes ownership on how they promote or implement walks.
Marquardt: What is the purpose of Walk to School?
Ericson: Walk to School Day is a catalyst for encouraging physical activity for thousands of students in Kane County. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents get one hour or more of physical activity each day. Walking to school incorporates the regular physical activity children need while also igniting a culture of healthy habits, both at school and home.
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View a media release from Making Kane Fit For Kids (PDF).
The Community Foundation is a part of the Fit For Kid’s Funder’s Consortium. The Kane County Fit For Kids Fund was establish in 2009.