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America is a trendsetter!

August 18th, 2007 at 01:55 am

Europe that the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) in the UK is looking into banning cars from school zones, not to protect students from being hit by a car, but instead to get kids to walk more. And to be honest, the biggest reason they’re looking into it is to reduce the waistlines of kids in the UK, who are rapidly catching up to their counterparts in the U.S. by packing on the pounds due, in part, to a sedentary lifestyle facilitated by the good old-fashioned automobile.

See that our lazy lifestyle is catching on! even kids in other countries are getting into the anti health habits!!!

I have no idea how I ended up on this topic, but it hits home as my husband is about to start leaving earlier for work...not due to school buses, they are a minor addition to the upcoming traffic, instead to the VAST number of moms and dads who drive on in to schools (one of which is right outside our community)..the number of people idling in line to drop kids off less than one block from the door makes his commute 10 minutes longer than during the summer....

I feel compelled to point out that we live less than a mile from said school, and many of the cars in line come from our community....

2 Responses to “America is a trendsetter!”

  1. Amber Says:

    Now I think this is crazy, I definately do not agree with this making kids walk to school to reduce their wasteline. it is one thing to watch kids health, which I tink is between the parent/gaurdian and MD

  2. kimiko Says:

    I think one reason so many people opted to drive their kids instead of letting them walk is for safety. From elementary to high school, I walked and never had a problem. My home was only 1 mile from the school, which equaled to a 15 minutes walk and during that time, there were tons of kids walking to school and cross guards were everywhere. Any stranger stopping a kid was immediately noticed. Now that so many commute by car, safety is drastically reduced for the few that still walk.

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