NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Students across the mid-state walked to school Wednesday morning as part of International Walk to School Day.
The Walk to School event kicked off at 8:15 a.m. for an expected 65 schools across the area.
Dozens of schools across the area participated in the event, including Dupont Hadley Middle School, where Nashville Mayor Karl Dean joined in on the action, promoting exercise and healthy living.
"Eating better and exercising more should be fun. We are just going to stay focused and try to turn the dial on this and I think we can," said Mayor Dean.
"It's good for fitness for children to walk, though it's hard with buses but when they can do an event like this to walk like in the old days, I think it's good for them," said parent Tammy Bradshaw-Cook.
Dupont Middle was picked as the lead school this year.
Following the walk, Dupont Middle held an assembly with city leaders including Mayor Dean and Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson.
Walk to School day is one part of an entire week of planned events that are an effort to promote good health in Music City.
On Thursday, it will be Walk for Active Aging. Senior Citizens at area community centers will be challenging themselves. An awards presentation will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hadley Community Center.
Friday is Walk to Work Day. Metro Public Health and Music City Star will hold an event downtown at Public Square. Attendees will receive breakfast, including fresh fruit.
To conclude the week, Saturday is Walk with Nature day. Join Mayor Dean and city representatives for a hike at Shelby Bottoms Greenway beginning at 7:30 a.m.