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Countdown to Walk to School Day with Deb Hubsmith

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Interview with Safe Routes to School leader sets the stage for the annual celebration of walking and bicycling to school

With Walk to School Day just days away, the Thriving Schools news blog team was fortunate to grab a few minutes with Deb Hubsmith, the founder and president of Safe Routes to School National Partnership, at the tail end of the 2013 Every Body Walk! Walking Summit in Washington, DC. Hubsmith was a featured speaker and co-leader at the gathering where walking advocates joined a wide variety of leaders from all around the country to build support for walking and community walkability.

In this video, Hubsmith highlights the many ways that Safe Routes to School National Partnership is working to make it safer and easier for students to build more physical activity into their daily lives by walking and bicycling to, from and at school. She encourages audiences to engage municipal leaders, businesses, parents and others to work together to identify barriers to safe physical activity in their communities and find solutions.

This year, International Walk to School Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 9. Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership want to encourage everyone to celebrate the joy of walking and bicycling to school by getting out and joining with students, staff, teachers, parents, families and community members for the day’s celebration.

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