Utah students being encouraged to walk or bike to school

Logan Mayor Randy Watts joined Utah Department of Transportation and state health officials Wednesday at Adams Elementary School to launch a new program aimed at getting kids in the habit of walking and biking to school.The program is called SNAP, Student Neighborhood Access Program, and starts with a “walk more in four” theme focused around the four weeks in the month of September. Students at Adams and other schools throughout the state are being asked to walk or bike to school at least 60 percent of the time.If they fulfill that goal, UDOT Region One Director Darin Duersch said, they can enter a contest to win prizes such as scooters and bicycles.”The start of a new school year provides an opportunity for students to get in the habit of safely walking and biking to and from school,” Suersch said. “We are grateful for Mayor Watts’ support of this important initiatives and are committed to helping Logan schools with this and other efforts to encourage safely walking and biking to and from school.”At Wednesday’s event, Duersch, Watts and others spoke before a class of Adams Elementary students. Watts said he had drafted a resolution enacting the SNAP program in Logan, and said it was a necessity for young people to practice healthy habits.Duersch echoed that sentiment.”I want you to be motivated,” Duersch told the kids. “I want you to really want to walk and bike to school to develop healthy habits.”More information about SNAP, including cards to chart your students’ walking and biking, can be found online at

<a href=”http://www.udot.utah.gov/SNAP”>UDOT’s Web site.</a>

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