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Thousands throughout Riverside County expected to take part Wednesday in International Walk to School Day

Tue, 04/10/2022 - 05:00


Thousands of Riverside County students, staff and families will take part in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday (10/5) to support a healthier lifestyle.

The one-day event is part of a worldwide effort to celebrate the many health benefits of walking and biking to school, and to encourage families to park the minivan and embrace healthy changes that will last year-round.

“This is just one day, but we are hopeful the community will see the benefits of walking and biking to school and make it an everyday habit,” said Kim Saruwatari, director for Riverside University Health System – Public Health (RUHS-PH), which coordinates the program locally. “This is part of an overall healthier lifestyle for students, parents and staff.”

Some students, parents and community-based volunteers from throughout Riverside County will form “walking school buses” in which groups of children, parents and volunteers will walk to school together. More than 40 schools throughout Riverside County have signed up to take part in the program.

International Walk to School Day kicks off a year-long effort to create sustainable walking and biking programs to improve fitness, air quality and traffic flow around schools which increases student safety.

The event is coordinated by the Safe Routes for All program at RUHS-PH and is sponsored by a combination of public agencies, police departments, city governments and community organizations. For more information on the Safe Routes to School program, visit online at Injury Prevention Services | Riverside University Health System ( or