Students, Staff and Families Encouraged to Participate in Long Beach Walk to School Week
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Long Beach, CA ~ The City of Long Beach is inviting school-aged children and their families to participate in Walk to School Week, taking place from Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24. This year's theme is Walking Rainbows and students are encouraged to walk their morning commute to school to promote safety and visibility while walking.

Mayor Rex Richardson said, "Walk to School Week builds a sense of community among school kids in Long Beach and is one of many ways the City is prioritizing pedestrian safety and an active lifestyle for all residents. We encourage kids and their families to join us in promoting healthy habits during this week."

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has organized the event with the help of several partners including the Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Unified School District, Safe Moves, and other community partners. The Health Department will provide pedestrian rodeos where students can learn about street safety and practice pedestrian safety skills in a fun atmosphere. Walking school buses (when students walk in a line with school bus themed banners) will also be available on select campuses. The Health Department has also partnered with Long Beach Unified School District to provide material and resources that promote physical activity and healthy eating.

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Kelly Colopy, Director of the Health Department said, "We're excited to bring together our community partners and families to get up and moving. Walking to school is both physically and mentally beneficial and can help kids start their school days on the right foot."

Long Beach Walk to School Week emphasizes the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment as well as building connections between families, schools and the broader community. The event is funded through grants received from the California Office of Traffic Safety (Bike & Pedestrian Safety) & California Department of Health & Human Services (CalFresh Healthy Living). For important nutrition information visit

This year's Walk To School Week provides an opportunity for children in Long Beach to get active while promoting safety & visibility while walking as well as building connections between families & schools within their community.

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