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What is the “walking school bus?”

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Air date: October 6, 2013

Host: Barbara Lewis

Healthcare Policy & Public Health Nutrition and Exercise
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Interview: Sandy Roob, field reporter.



As part of the federal “Safe Routes to School” initiative, many communities are starting “walking school buses.” The purpose is to encourage children to become more physically active and combat childhood obesity. Sandy Roob reports on the four walking school buses at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Indianapolis. Walking school buses are a group of children walking to school with adult supervision. Parent volunteers make several planned stops on the way to and from school each day to pick up the children. Anyone can start a walking school bus; all it takes is a schedule with planned routes, adult supervision and willingness to exercise.

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