By Sandy Leuthner - Sr. Communications & Advocacy Consultant

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Winter Walk to School Day just around the corner

January 25, 2017

Minnesota parents, here is your chance to skip the school drop-off line for a day.  On Wednesday, February 1, schools across Minnesota are holding celebrations and encouraging kids to skip the bus and take part in the 10th annual Winter Walk or Bike to School Day.  The idea is simple: walk or bike for at least 15 minutes, and don’t let the cold scare you off.

According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, there are many benefits from walking to school all year round. Walking to school…

  • Gives kids get a bit of exercise before they start their day.
  • Helps them arrive at school ready to learn.
  • Reduces vehicle traffic, which means less exhaust fumes and cleaner air.
Winter Walking Safety

Is your school taking part in the Winter Walk to School party? Here are six helpful tips for safe winter walking from the Minnesota Safe Routes to School program:

  1. Dress for winter weather. Put kids in layers and reflective clothing.
  2. Keep toes warm. Wear warm socks and winter boots.
  3. Don’t forget hats and mittens.
  4. Watch out for icy sidewalks! Remind kids to take their time.
  5. Keep hydrated. Make sure kids drink water before and after their walk to school.
  6. Check the forecast. Winter weather can be unpredictable. If it’s too cold, snowy or windy, have the kids take the bus.


About Winter Walk to School Day

Winter Walk to School Day is a one-day event celebrated throughout North America. It encourages kids to be active, walk or bike to school and have fun. Get the day’s details.

Supporting Physical Activity

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross is proud to manage the Minnesota Safe Routes to School network. Find out about the benefits of walking to school at Learn more about Minnesota Safe Routes to School at

Communities that have safe opportunities to walk, bike and play outside are more likely to be active all year. The Center for Prevention works with communities of all sizes to build safe communities for physical activity. Learn more about the Center for Prevention’s Physical Activity Focus Area.

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