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The benefits of walking.

I read with great interest the News Update item on the renewed efforts schools are making to address the issue of childhood obesity ("Grant Awarded to Curb Obesity," March 2007). As a transportation consultant, I strongly support efforts to encourage walking-advocacy programs, based on state guidelines for maximum walking distances for the districts I advise. Changes in bus routes, neighborhood school boundaries and transportation eligibility rules can be structured not only to get more students walking to school for exercise, but also to reduce overall transportation costs. Those of us who work in the school bus industry are noted for our emphasis on safety, and any walking advocacy efforts must be built on a foundation of safety.

Ruth Newby, president, TransPar Group, Lee's Summit, Mo.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Newby, Ruth
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 1, 2007
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