Re "Save programs that help create healthy communities" (Viewpoints, Jan. 23): Somewhere along the way of "progress" we started doing something really destructive - we started driving our kids to school.
Aside from the very few families with legitimate reasons for driving their kids to school, everyone else should really consider stopping. This single act of "civil disobedience" pays huge dividends in the form of healthier, happier kids, and a healthier, happier society.
Even without considering all the waste in time and gas, and carbon emissions, the impact is huge on childhood obesity and other health factors.
Consider this. An average fourth grader taking a one-mile walk to and from school burns 32,000 calories in a year. That's the equivalent of 9 lbs of fat your kid just dropped. There is power in numbers -- kids walking in packs are safe -- organize neighborhood packs if you have trouble letting go.
-- Mats Jansson, Folsom