Oregon Walk and Bike News

It's Not Too Late to Register for Walk + Bike Day

Good news! We still have a limited number of incentive packages available for schools that register for Walk + Bike to School Day. Sign up soon to receive stickers, shoelaces and other fun prizes for your Walk + Bike Day event on October 6, including a very special Nutcase helmet.


Marching off to School!

 

Start planning your event now while you wait for your incentive package to arrive in the mail. Download the coordinator packet along with the 2010 poster.

Quick tip for coordinators: you will be asked to participate in a post-event survey asking about the event, number of participants, challenges and successes.  The survey will be distributed before for the event and we encourage you to respond as soon as possible while the day is still fresh in your mind.

Why register now?
With physical education disappearing from schools, it has become increasingly important to teach kids the many benefits of staying physically active.  Recent studies continue to prove a correlation between physical activity and brainpower: some have even shown a relationship between physical activity and actual brain size. Two separate studies showed that kids who exercised frequently had bigger basal ganglia (the part of the brain that helps with control and attention) and larger hippocampi (a portion of the brain used for complex memory) than kids who were typically inactive. Check out the New York Times article for more information about these studies.

Register your school for Walk + Bike Day to get kids moving in the right direction towards bigger, better brains!

Physical Activity: The Key to Less Stress in Kids?

Need another reason to register your school for Walk + Bike Day? Here's one: walking and biking is good for the health and well-being of our kids. Read about the results of a recent study demonstrating that physical activity reduces stress levels amongst school children.

Ready to Roll!

In a study conducted in a behavioral research facility by the University of Buffalo, 20 children took a virtual automobile ride to school which included sitting in comfortable seating and watching a simulated suburban neighborhood pass by.  The other 20 children participated in a one-mile treadmill walk while similar depictions of a suburban neighborhood were presented.

After resting, children who rode to school had an increase of 11 heartbeats per minute when asked to complete a basic cognitive test, while children who walked to school only had an increase of 3 heartbeats per minute during that same test.  "Walkers" also had a systolic blood pressure three times lower than that of their "rider" counterparts. Children who "walked" to school also had significantly lower perceived levels of stress during the test than those children who "rode" to school.

Walk + Bike Day provides a great opportunity to show children how fun (and easy!) it can be to practice good habits that are healthy for both themselves and the environment.  Signs of cardiovascular disease are seen in children at a young age, so it's never too early to teach children the many benefits of physical activity. Both children and communities will be safer with decreased automobile traffic near schools and increased opportunities for kids to engage with one another and their neighborhood. Together we can show kids that physical activity is a fun, rewarding experience that comes with countless benefits!

Check out the full article about the University of Buffalo study here. If your school is ready to take the first steps toward healthier children and communities, sign up for Walk + Bike Day!

Register Soon to Receive Walk + Bike Incentive Goodies!

With over 70 Oregon schools already signed up for Walk + Bike Day, incentive packages are going fast! Be among the first 200 schools to register by Thursday, September 9th to receive fun goodies like shoelaces, Walk + Bike stickers and even a cool Nutcase helmet! Check out the brand new 2010 Walk + Bike Day poster featuring last year's Poster Contest Winner!