The City of Evanston’s Health Department is promoting Walk Week, a one week program during the first week of school beginning August 30 (ending on September 3) to promote physical activity in children.

Studies show that children are not engaging in enough physical activity. Walking to school is an everyday opportunity for children to make physical activity part of their daily routine and to live healthier and more active lifestyles.

The program will also highlight the importance of attending classes during the first week of school, especially on the first day, because attendance rates impact funding for local schools. Evanston youth of all ages are encouraged to walk to school in groups or with their parents.

Walk Week is a FREE program open to all. Students attending both public and private schools are encouraged to participate. Registration is not required.

Program participants will be provided with information about Walk Week and FREE wristbands. Program materials will be available for pick-up at Evanston libraries, recreation centers, the McGaw YMCA and the YWCA beginning on Wednesday, August 25.

Please visit http://www.district65.net/departments/transportation/Walk_Routes for specific information about your school’s safe walking routes. Click here to view  Walk Week 2010 FAQ Sheet.

For additional information, please call the Evanston Health Department at 847/866-2920.