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Wanted: Your walking three miles to school stories


( In this S-R file photo, Pratt Elementary students walk to school.)

Our editorial today gave kudos to a Spokane Regional Health District plan to raise walking awareness and activity.

In this snowy weather, some like to reminisce about walking to school each day in knee-deep snow. Believe at least part of these stories. In 1969, half of the country’s students walked or rode bicycles to school, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Now, fewer than 15 percent do.

The Spokane Regional Health District would like to get children back in the habit of walking to school. It’s part of an initiative to get the whole county walking for health. We’re a chubby group. Six out of 10 Spokane County residents are overweight. North Idaho residents share the problem; 62 percent of them are at overweight or obese.

We’re in nostalgia mode this week at AMOO, so nostalgia away and tell us some walking-to-school tales.


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