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Volunteers and students take part in a "walking school bus" to promote healthy living

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It's a nice day to get outdoors and take a walk.

And, that's just what about 40 Sioux City kids did Wednesday morning.

They enjoyed the fresh air while taking the "walking school bus" to Irving Elementary School.

The route started at 10th and Jones and picked up kids at stops along the way.

The students can take this kind of "bus" to school Monday through Friday.

Trained volunteers with the Blue Zones project say there are many benefits with this program.

"It's great for them to get some activity before they start their classes, the fresh air, the walking, improves their attendance in school, their productivity in school. And, most of them are walking anyway, so this is an opportunity to do it as a community and stay safe," Blue Zones Community Program Manager Sue Brown said.

The program is scheduled to continue through the end of November as long as the weather cooperates.

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