Almost 200 students, teachers and volunteers walked from Bladensburg High School to Rogers Heights Elementary School as part of International Walk to School Day, an event designed to bring healthy solutions to local communities.
The walk was led by members of the Port Town’s Youth Council Wellness Ambassadors, an educational group overseen by the nonprofit Riverdale-based End Times Harvest Ministries. It was also attended by Olympian and health advocate Dominique Dawes, a Silver Spring native.
“Walking — whether to school or just for fun — and eating healthy foods isn’t as easy as it should be in some neighborhoods,” said Celeste A. James, director of Community Health Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “So when we reinforce opportunities like today’s walk ... together we may reduce rates of obesity and other chronic conditions.”