Walking school bus hopes to cut traffic, obesity

Just in time for International Walk to School Day (Oct. 7), Bobbie O’Brien of  public radio station WUSF-Tampa reports on a county health department in Florida that’s become the latest local group to join the walking school bus movement.

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The idea behind the program is to “Have children, with one or more adult along for safety’s sake, walk to school in organized groups,” NPR’s Mark Memmot writes. “They get exercise, traffic around the schools gets better and everybody benefits.”

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