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
Ruth Newby, president, TransPar Group, Lee's Summit, Mo.