Getting Fired Up for Autumn



In August, our focus turns to the remaining vacation days we have yet to take… and what too-quickly arrives: the bustle of back to school.


We have much to look forward to when it comes to keeping our kids active and healthy. As school schedules settle down, October is an exciting month for keeping routines for walking and biking to school and getting physical activity throughout the day. Here are two great ways to keep moving in Oregon & SW Washington:

  • Fire Up Your Feet Fall Challenge, October 1-31: Celebrate all forms of physical activity to school and throughout the community. Cash awards based on school participation & staying active during the month-long challenge.
  • Walk+Bike to School Day, Wednesday, October 7: Celebrate this special day with thousands of schools internationally. Can your school reach 100% participation on this day?

In Oregon, join Safe Kids Oregon in encouraging schools to get started, registration here — the first 250 schools to register will receive a package of free incentives, while getting automatically signed up for both the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge and Walk+Bike to School Day.  To learn more, this webinar may be of interest.  The 6 E’s of October’s Walk to School Day Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT more info & register


Another great resource

Teaching Children to Walk Safely as They Grow and Develop: A guide for parents and caregivers.   This guide leads parents and caregivers through stages of child development and identifies which walking safety skills to teach along the way.  Learn about growth and development key points for your child’s age group:

  • Age 4 to 6
  • Age 7 to 9
  • Age 10 and older

Growth and Development Key Points include:

  1. Children need to be able to choose the safest places to walk.
  2. Children need to learn where to cross streets and how to cross safely.
  3. Children will demonstrate these skills some of the time, so continued practice is needed until they are consistent.
  4. Attention-switching and concentration skills are essential for safe walking and will continue to develop as children mature.


For additional resources visit:

Pedestrian Safety

Bicycle & Wheeled Sports Safety


Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health. Click here for information on other Injury Areas.