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Cedar Rapids Blue Zones Project Sets Its Sights on a Walking Bus

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    April 29, 2014 | 7:20 am
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Fresh air and exercise are generally considered good things.

    Now, one group in Cedar Rapids is trying to bring more of that into children's morning jaunts to school.

    National and local experts came together today to discuss creating a "walking school bus" in Cedar Rapids.

    Children would walk from stop to stop along with adult volunteers. They would pick up other kids as if they were on a bus route.

    One Blue Zone manager says it will help kids stay healthy and teach them more about their community.

    "Kids who walk to school tend to be more aware of their surroundings," said Stephanie Neff, Community Manager for CR Blue Zones Project. "They know more about their neighborhood, they know more kids in their neighborhood, they know more families in their neighborhood. Generally, it just creates more of a sense of safety and a sense of community."

    The walking school bus is a part of the Blue Zone Project. It aims to make cities in Iowa healthier and more health efficient.

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