- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee joined about two dozen students on the way to West Seattle Elementary School Tuesday morning on what they call their “walking school bus.”

Inslee high-fived students and urged them to exercise their bodies as well as their minds. The governor is supporting walking to school as part of his “Healthiest Next Generation” initiative.

The “walking school bus” is a study conducted in part by Seattle Children’s Hospital. Researcher Alan Waite says this is the second year of the four-year study of the health benefits of walking to and from school.

The research pays for people to escort the children as they walk about a mile twice a day, five times a week - instead of riding a school bus or taking a ride from parents.