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Blue Zones Project Update

The Walking School Bus

The Blue Zones Project Hawaii is a community-based, well-being initiative that is designed to make healthy choices easier in the places where we work, live and play. Working with local businesses, faith-based organizations, restaurants, grocery stores and schools, Blue Zones Project Teams help bring about permanent changes in lifestyle choices that lead to individu-als living healthier and longer lives. The eight communities currently participating are Wahiawa, Kapolei-Ewa, Manoa-Makiki-McCully-Moiliili, Koolaupoko on Oahu; North, East West on Big Island; and Wailuku-Kahului on Maui. 

During the month of October, the Wahiawa Blues Zones project hosted Let’s Walk Wahiawa, a community event that promotes the Walking School Bus and Walking in School activities. A Walking School Bus is an organized activity where students walk to school with identified “stops” and walking routes, supported by adult chaperones. There are many benefits for this program, including increased physical activity and learn-ing about being a safe pedestrian. It has even reduced traffic con-gestion around schools and increased community engagement. Congratulations to the following schools for their participation in the October Walking School Bus! 

October 3: Kamalani Academy ‒Walking School Bus: 100 students averaged 1,400 steps each. (Chaperoned by the Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department and Wahiawa Rainbow Seniors.) Solomon Elementary School ‒ Walking School Bus: 800 students participated. (Students received PAWs dollars as a reward for participating.)

October 5: Ka’ala Elementary School ‒ Walk in School via Ka’ala Elementary School Tech Fun Run: 448 students averaged 1678 steps each (752,649 steps taken by the entire school). It was designed to raise tech funds for school. Leilehua High School students volunteered; NCTAMs Navy and Central Pacific Bank volunteers supported the event.

The following schools also participated in Walk in School events; details were not available at press time. October 16: Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School. October 17: I’liahi Elementary School. October 23: Leilehua High School. October 26: Trinity Lutheran School. October 31: Wahiawa Elementary School. For more information about Blue Zones Hawaii, visit Hawaii.Blue-ZonesProject.com. To get in touch with the Wahiawa Team, visit Facebook@bzpwahiawa.

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