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Macon-Bibb County Health Department Offers Schools up to $500 Prize on Walk to School Day


Elementary schools encouraged to join Walk to School Day on Oct. 4.

Macon-Bibb County Health Department is inviting all elementary schools in Macon-Bibb County to participate in nationally-recognized Walk to School Day on Oct. 4. On that day, students are encouraged to walk to school to learn about the health benefits of walking. The first, second and third-place schools that log the most students walking to school on Oct. 4 will win $500, $300 and $100, respectively.

“Walking is such a simple activity, but it has incredible health benefits,” said Macon-Bibb County Health Department Health Educator Camille Watson. “Children participating in daily physical activity while they’re young will create healthy habits that will have benefits through their entire lives. Walking in the morning is especially good for young students, because it helps them burn a bit of energy before entering the classroom, and allows them to better focus on their lessons.”

Established in the US in 1997, Walk to School Day helps raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling. The day also emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The event builds connections between families, schools and the broader community.

To participate in the competition, Macon-Bibb County elementary school officials must contact Watson prior to Oct. 4 to register as a participating school. Watson can be reached for registration or for additional questions by phone at (478) 745-0411 or by email at

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