The Walking School Bus in Muscatine

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Fall 10-1-2013


Rhetoric 0146


Matt Gilchrist


Our interest in connectivity and student health led us to Joni Axel, Community Program Manager of the Blue Zones committee in Muscatine, who spoke to us about the Walking School Bus program.

We met with Joni Axel, the Community Program Manager of Blue Zones in Muscatine. She discussed the modern-day fears about kids walking on their own, as well as the way that the paths in cities inhibit movement. She was adamant about kids needing more exercise, offering many examples and ideas about how to improve these habits. One such way to implement more exercise for kids and appease the fears of parents is the walking school bus. This was an idea that Joni was instrumental in incorporating in Muscatine, and she continues to play a key role in its application. She knew a lot about the walking school bus program and was very passionate about it. Her enthusiasm about the program got us excited about its goals and encouraged us to look critically at our own lifestyles and share her message with others.


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