Celebrity Crossing Guard In Maryland, USA

walking to school former NBA crossing guard

A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Adrian Dantley, now spends his days working as a crossing guard helping school children safely across the road in his home-town of Silver Spring, Maryland.

The 6-foot-5, six-time NBA All-Star admits it is an unusual next career choice, but he says he is very happy to be giving out high fives and encouragement to the kids.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295781/Adrian-Dantley-Former-NBA-star-working-school-crossing-guard-earning-14k-year.html

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Do Kids Walk to School in Canada?

walking to school stats in canada

Canadian parents, by and large, walked to school when they were kids.  Not so much for their own children. Fewer kids these days walk or bike to school. Active Healthy Kids Canada, in their recent ‘report card’, gives Canadian kids a D- on this physical activity.

While 58% of parents walked to school when they were children, only 28% of their own kids were doing the same today. “That’s a reduction of 50% in one generation,” said Dr. Mark Tremblay, chief scientific officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada.  “High numbers of kids are being ferried to destinations within walking or biking distance.”

How to reverse this trend?  Kelly Murumets of ParticipAction says parents need to get involved. Kids who are able to travel on foot or use pedal power can travel in groups with volunteer adults. “Kids are getting physical activity, they have social time, they’re with other kids, they’re safe because they’re supervised, (and) some of the parents who do work are able to make their way to the office,” Murumets said.

If kids walked for all trips less than one kilometer in distance, it would translate, on average, to 2,238 additional steps each day – or around 15 to 20 minutes of walking, Active Healthy Kids Canada noted.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/kids-get-d–on-physical-activity-report-card-as-fewer-walk-or-bike-to-school/article12049548/

Source of Chart:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/back-to-school/back-to-school-anxiety-what-do-parents-and-kids-worry-about/article20292673/#dashboard/follows/

Jogging Your Memory

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Perhaps this expression is more literal than we thought –

       Here’s what it means:

Being in motion makes us smarter, and being smarter allows us to move more efficiently.

       Here’s the scientific hypothesis:

Jogging after prey helped to drive human brain evolution.  A million years ago, we could out-run and out-walk most other mammals over long distances. Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement. We continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.

      There are many studies.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/exercise-and-the-ever-smarter-human-brain/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 

       Here’s a finding:

Regular exercise, even walking, leads to more robust mental abilities, beginning in childhood and continuing into old age.

 

Picture source:  http://www.123rf.com/stock-photo/jogger.html