Over 100 San Ramon kids walk to school Friday

Novato Advance, October 15, 2008

San Ramon kids walked to school, Oct 15, 2008More than 100 enthusiastic children had their walking shoes on and were ready to march to San Ramon Elementary School Friday to celebrate International Walk to School Week.

For the past three years, parent Alice Demushkin Dow has organized a group of children, parents and teachers to walk from her house through the “secret pathways” throughout San Marin.

“The children love walking through these paths, they love walking with their friends, all the while getting fresh air and exercise,” said Demushkin-Dow. “My children (Sasha and Sebastian) walk to school every day, rain or shine, – we live a healthy lifestyle and I want to encourage others to do so as well.”

This year, Demushkin-Dow coordinated with Patricia Kendall, who is the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group Administrator for San Rafael, Petaluma and Novato, to provide pedometers to all the children participating in the walk.

“I have known Pat for many years and I know she supports healthy, active lifestyles and a clean environment, so I was thrilled when Kaiser Permanente provided our children with, not only a memento for the day, but a way to keep track of all their future steps toward a long and healthy life.”

In addition to children, babies, teachers and librarians, Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold, who represents Novato, also joined the walk.

“Walking or biking to school is great physically and environmentally, and it clears the student’s heads and enables them to interact with each other,” said Arnold as she briskly walked with the kids.

Overall, San Ramon School has great spirit and many kids are already asking, “When are we walking again?”

Note: Handing out KP pedometers and walking to school with the kids were SRF staff: Radka Demushkin, RN, Patient Relations; Eileen Kilgarif, RN, OB/GYN; and Carol Harris, Public Affairs

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