Study: Low-income kids walk, ride to school more

July 5, 2011 9:29:28 AM PDT
The daily trip to school could provide crucial physical activity for youngsters, but not all children take advantage of it equally.

Young children from low-income families are more likely to get to school by walking or riding a bike, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

The findings are based on more than 7,000 students between 6 and 16 years old. However, after the age of 10, the data shows the percentage drops.

The University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre says biking and walking should be encouraged because it's an easy way to get children to be more physically active.