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Health Tip: When Kids Walk to School

-- Walking to school is a great way for kids to get exercise. But parents should always teach their children pedestrian safety.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

  • Make sure kids cross the street only at crosswalks or intersections.
  • If it's dark, have children wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
  • Teach children to walk on the sidewalk, or on the shoulder of the road in the opposite direction of traffic.
  • Never allow children to use cell phones or tablets while walking.
  • Take extra precautions with small children, who may not be able to judge speed and distance and don't know traffic rules.
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Posted: August 2016