Students lace up to get healthy

By: Dan Messineo

More than 8,000 Nebraskans are lacing up their walking shoes for International Walk to School Day.  Across the state, more than 26 schools are participating in the day.  Students, parents and teachers will put one foot in front of the other to bring some attention to healthy living and safer routes for school children. 

Over 100,000 Nebraska students K-12th grade are overweight or at risk of being overweight.  The Safe Routes Nebraska program says this is an epidemic and they want to do something about it. 

Safe Routes Nebraska champions an active and healthy lifestyle for children.  To that end, they're encouraging students to walk or ride to school more often.  They're hoping those healthy habits will start today with Walk to School Day.  To keep kids safe on their way, the program fund projects to help make communities friendlier places to walk and bike. 

 “These events help build connections between schools, families and the community, while raising awareness about the need for daily physical activity and safer routes to school,” said Angela Barry, Safe Routes Nebraska program coordinator. 

You can visit to see a list of registered events.