Walk & Bike to School Workshop Coming Up

Bike-Walk0152Remember when most kids walked and biked to school?  Just a few decades ago this was the norm, a healthy one, helping kids be active and healthy and avoiding congested, exhaust-filled car lines.

To help our kids and our community be healthier and greener, Healthy Central Florida (HCF) is offering a Walk and Bike to School Workshop to help increase the number of children who walk and bike to school.  By learning to walk and bike to school safely, children get exercise, learn healthy habits, and develop independence  – all with support from valuable community partners.

The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in promoting walking and biking to school.  It will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 18 at the Winter Park Community Center.

As an additional incentive for attending the workshop, eligible schools will have the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to be used for their walk and bike to school programs.

Last year more than 50 participants, including school board leaders and safety officers, teachers, principals,  local moms and dads and walking and biking advocates came together to increase the number of children walking and biking to school safely in our community.

This year—as last year–the group will hear from local and statewide experts and be inspired by remarkable success stories, including those of Michelle Sartor and Jody Lazar, two Maitland Moms who have transformed walking and biking in Maitland.  Nancy Robbinson, Orange County School Board member, last year also spoke and informed the group that “Walk and Roll”, the model piloted in Maitland, was being rolled out district-wide.

Please contact Asher Levine at alevine@healthycf.org to reserve your space in the workshop.  A light breakfast will be served.

Healthy Central Florida is a community-based initiative founded by the Winter Park Health Foundation and Florida Hospital to help make local communities the healthiest in the country.