On Friday, May 2, faculty, staff and students from the exercise science and health sciences programs at the University collaborated with the Greater Norwalk Healthy Living Workgroup to promote the annual Spring Walk to School Day. This event took place at several area schools with faculty, staff and students assisting in the planning, promotion and supervision of the event in collaboration with the Greater Norwalk Healthy Living Workgroup. More than 100 students from the area participated in this event.
“Walk to School Day encourages children from various communities to walk to school on the same day,” said Santina Galbo, a representative from the Greater Norwalk Healthy Living Workgroup. “In addition to adding fun and fitness to the student’s day, this event is also intended to be a catalyst to encourage school communities, families and children to add more physical activity to their everyday routines and to identify and create safe walking routes to school for use year-round.”
This event is among several health promotional activities resulting from a collaboration between the College of Health Professions and the Greater Norwalk Healthy Living Workgroup. This group is a coalition of organizations, agencies and community members from the cities in the Greater Norwalk area. The workgroup is an outcome from a comprehensive community health assessment and community health improvement project conducted in 2012. The workgroup’s mission is to reduce and prevent obesity and chronic disease in the community by promoting healthy lifestyles.
“Health science and exercise science courses address exercise for all populations in a variety of ways within the context of health and disease,” said Wendy Bjerke, a professor in the exercise science program at the University. “Often, the emphasis is placed on physical fitness or rehabilitation but engaging in more simple forms of physical activity is also important to discuss and promote.”