City Celebrates Walk to School Week

Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) invites school-aged children and their families to participate in Walk to School Week, which will take place from March 21 through March 25. This year’s theme is Walking Superpowers and throughout the week students and families are encouraged to leave their cars at home and walk to school.

“I want to encourage Long Beach students and families to participate in Walk to School Week,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Walking is a great way to be a superhero by helping to improve your health and taking on climate change.”

Each day of the week will highlight a different way walking unleashes superpowers:

  • Monday, March 21 – Super strong
  • Tuesday, March 22 – Super smart
  • Wednesday, March 23 – Super smiley
  • Thursday, March 24 – Super safe
  • Friday, March 25 – Super sustainable

The Health Department will post daily health and safety tips on the day’s theme via @lbhealthdept on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The department also has partnered with Long Beach Unified School District, providing materials and resources promoting physical activity and healthy eating.

“It’s so exciting to bring Walk to School Week back in its in-person format after a two-year hiatus,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services. “We know that walking is great for both physical and mental health and being outdoors in the fresh air supercharges your day.”

Walk to School Week emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools, and the broader community.

Long Beach Walk to School Week is organized by the Health Department in partnership with Long Beach Public Works Mobility Bureau, the Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Unified School District, Walk Long Beach, and other community partners. It is funded through grants received from the California Office of Traffic Safety (Bike and Pedestrian Safety) and the California Department of Health and Human Services (CalFresh Healthy Living).