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SC ranks 3rd in Walk to School Day participation

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Hundreds of schools in South Carolina will be making strides toward a healthier lifestyle Wednesday and participating in international walk to school day.

Rodney Oldham, with the Safe Routes to Schools program, says students can ride their bikes or run if they want. "Bottom line, we want to encourage physical activity," said Oldham. 

The U.S. adopted the effort in the 1997. Since then, the event has continued to grow and expand. This year, South Carolina's participation ranks at the top of the pack. 

"South Carolina had 329 schools, elementary and middle schools, that signed up for the safe routes events which puts us No. 3 in the country, behind California and Florida," said Oldham. "As far as the Lowcountry, the breakdown from Jasper County all the way up to Horry County, we have 82 different elementary and middle schools that are participating."

Some SC schools will have a walking session at lunch, as an offshoot of the event.

For more information on the walk to school day, click here: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

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