Parents, Children Walk to Waterman Elementary to Reduce Obesity

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG -- Groups of parents and kids are going to be walking to Waterman Elementary school once a week to cut down on childhood obesity.

They stared on Wednesday morning. One of the groups met at the corner of Collicello and First Streets at around 8:15 a.m.

RMH's recent study on childhood obesity found 34% of 10 to 17-year-old kids and teens are less physically active than they should be in the area. The goal is to do it now every week, which some of the kids won't mind.

"It's pretty fun actually. It's more fun than riding in a car because if you ride in a car, it may get you there quicker, but it's not like it's fun on the way there, because it's fun to walk," said one of the kids.

A representative from RMH said the childhood obesity rate for children in the Valley is less than other parts of the state, but there is always room to improve.


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