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Studies Show that Children who Walk to School have Increased Academic Performance

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Ridgewood NJ, the Midland Park Police remined us of this fun fact: Studies show that children who walk to school have increased academic performance (and get exercise, too). If your child plans to walk or bike to school, map out a safe route.

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If you’re in the habit of driving your children to school, you’re not really doing them much of a favor. Rather, you should let them transport themselves to school, because that will make them concentrate better at school.

This is one of the main conclusions of a comprehensive Danish project – the ‘Mass Experiment 2012’ – which set out to examine the link between diet, exercise and the power of concentration. Almost 20,000 schoolchildren aged 5-19 participated in the study.

Where did the summer go? With children heading back to school, we at the Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department want to share these safety reminders with you:
1. Watch your speed in school zones! Be aware that school zone speed limits may vary in hours and speeds. Be sure to follow the posted limits.
2. Slow down in residential areas. Watch for children crossing the street and congregating near bus stops.
3. Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Traffic in both directions on undivided highways must stop when students are entering or exiting a school bus (the red flashing lights and extended stop sign arms are your cue to stop). On a divided roadway, all traffic behind the school bus must stop.
4. Be alert! The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children walking to and from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings and more likely to take risks, ignore hazards, or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
5. Always stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard or police officer.
For more tips on school safety, check out the National Safety Council’s Back to School Safety Checklist:


One thought on “Studies Show that Children who Walk to School have Increased Academic Performance

  1. Duh.

    Remove the cell phones and social media accounts and you will see academics skyrocket (and also see school age Anxiety, Depression and other Mental health issues largely disappear)

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