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Why Walk And Roll To School?

Walk & Roll Days: The Path to Healthy Schools

The HEAL Program staff are thrilled to share the exciting journey of Walk & Roll to School Days and why schools should wholeheartedly embrace this initiative. On August 29 and 31, we hosted a dynamic two-part webinar series dedicated to Walk & Roll tips, featuring valuable insights on hosting a Walk & Roll Day and proven strategies for successful events. 

Here’s why schools should join the movement!

Why Walk & Roll?

Walking and rolling (biking, skateboarding, or scooting) are more than just fun activities; they are powerful tools for promoting health, community, and sustainability. When schools participate in Walk & Roll Days, they:

  1. Prioritize Health and Well-being: Encourage physical activity among students, fostering better fitness, mental health, and overall well-being. Regular exercise is linked to improved concentration and academic success.
  2. Reduce Traffic Congestion: Schools can alleviate traffic congestion by reducing the number of cars at drop-off and pick-up times, making the surroundings safer for everyone.
  3. Foster a Sense of Community: Walk & Roll Days provide an opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to come together in a shared, active experience, strengthening community bonds.
  4. Teach Sustainable Habits: Promote eco-conscious behavior by showcasing the benefits of sustainable transportation. These habits instilled in students can have a lasting impact on our planet.

Some key takeaways from our recent two-part webinar series:

Hosting a Walk & Roll Day (August 29, 2023):

  • Plan well in advance to ensure a smooth event.
  • Collaborate with parents, teachers, and the community.
  • Promote safety through education and awareness.

Proven Strategies for Successful Walk & Roll Events (August 31, 2023):

  • Showcase the benefits of walking and rolling.
  • Incorporate fun activities to engage participants.
  • Promote and market the event for a successful turnout. 
  • Create accessible routes for all students, including those with disabilities.

Walking and rolling are not just modes of transportation; they are opportunities for students to explore their neighborhoods, connect with friends, and embrace a healthier lifestyle. Let’s inspire our students to take their first steps or pedal their first revolution toward a healthier future. As parents, teachers, and community members, we have the power to encourage them to choose active, sustainable ways of getting to school.

Join us in making a difference, one step at a time, one roll at a time. Together, we can create a healthier, more connected, and eco-friendly school environment.

Are you interested in hosting a Walk & Roll Event, or need more information? Visit our website, hiphi.org/walkroll/, to access Walk & Roll Resouces and view previous webinars. You can also follow us on Instagram @walk.bike.roll.bus.808.

Walk, Bike, Roll and Bus Through October

Be part of this exciting journey and share your active adventures with us in the Walk, Bike, Roll, and Bus Stars Showcase. Participate now to inspire others and secure a chance to be featured on our social media and website. Step into the Spotlight on October 4th, the 27th annual National Walk & Roll to School Day! Throughout the entire month of October, we’re passionately urging our local communities to embrace active travel for their school commutes. Whether it’s walking, wheeling, biking, skateboarding, bus or any other alternative to driving, let’s come together and make a positive impact on our neighborhoods.

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Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson

Program Manager: Safe, Accessible and Inclusive Mobility (SAIM)
Kealoha Madriaga

Kealoha Madriaga

West Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator
RoAnn Viloria, MPH

RoAnn Viloria, MPH

Maui, Molokai and Lānaʻi HEAL Coalition Coordinator
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