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8 Schools in the Mobile, Alabama, area are finally getting safe sidewalks around their campuses. The cost of this federally funded project was just over one million dollars. While the percentage of students who walk or ride their bike to school has dropped from nearly half to 15% this is a very positive step towards improving the health, and safety of our children. American children are far more obese than they were forty years ago. They get very little exercise at school and certainly very little once they return, so if they are able to ride their bike or walk to school this thirty minutes of exercise could make all the difference in the world. In addition, broken sidewalks can lead to injury and just look unsightly. It is a little step, but one in the right direction.

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