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Utah school kids participate in Walking Challege

Utah schools and the Utah Department of Transportation kicked off a statewide safety challenge Wednesday. It's called the "Walk More in Four Challenge.”
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (ABC 4 UTAH) - Utah schools and the Utah Department of Transportation kicked off a statewide safety challenge Wednesday. It's called the "Walk More in Four Challenge.”

Starting their day off strong  elementary kids at Dilworth Elementary School are among thousands across the state participating in the challenge that is encouraging kids to be healthy and safe. A challenge first grader Millie Stutz is excited about.

Whether walking or biking UDOT says students who choose to do so not only stay active and perform better at school, but also reduce traffic congestion. “It's almost easier to walk then to drive. Because we avoid the traffic and we stay healthy and active, “says Millie’s mom Emlyn Stutz.

UDOT says it's about safety for them and the community and getting kids at an early age is key.  "We’re trying to encourage at a young age for our young kids to understand the interaction between pedestrians and bicyclist and motorists and we think those safe habits will translate into their future lives,” says UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. Ginny Goldberg agrees and says she already walks with her son Leo but would like to see more people do the same. She says, “The more cars we can get off the road the better we are."

The school with the highest with amount of kids participating in this challenge will win $500, which will be used by the schools safety committee. For more information on the “Walk More in Four” challenge visit http://www.udot.utah.gov/snap.

 

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