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Veterans Push for Safe Routes to School

by Anne S. on Monday, May 12, 2014

It’s crunch time in the Minnesota legislature as there is only a week left in this year’s session.  We need all the support we can get to push for Safe Routes to School funding and are pleased to share the article from the Public News Service below with you, showcasing the support of this important health initiative by the Mission Readiness group. (Photo courtesy of Public News Service (Joe Goldberg/Flickr))

(05/12/14) ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 2014 legislature is quickly coming to a close, and one of the last big tasks is the passage of a bonding bill. It includes a measure that is finding an ally among the armed forces.

Retired Brig. Gen. Denny Shulstad, Edina, is a member of "Mission: Readiness," a group of hundreds of retired generals, admirals and senior military leaders calling for policies to help young people be healthy and successful. He says that includes the Minnesota Safe Routes to School bill.

"Today only 13 percent of the young people either ride their bike or walk to school. We would very much like to see that number increase because that is a very easy way to encourage kids to get outside, to walk, to run, to ride their bicycles," Shulstad says. "And to do that, you need to have safe routes."  Click here to continue reading

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