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Guest column: Kids healthier and safer out of cars

During Bike to Work & School Week in May, my 5-year-old son accepted the challenge of bicycling four miles to his preschool. The trip took us a while, but we had a blast! He talked non-stop and arrived at school energized, confident and alert. We were hooked.

Forty years ago, the majority of kids walked or biked to school and, as a nation, we were a lot leaner. Today, bike and walk-to-school rates are closer to 5-15 percent, and nearly a third of children are overweight.

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