Safe Walking Tips

  • Always walk with a friend. Make sure you have permission to go for walks and that your parents know where you are going.
  • Cross streets at the corner, or at traffic signals or crosswalks. Stop at the curb or the edge of the road before crossing the street. Do not run into the street or run while crossing the street.
  • Look LEFT, RIGHT, and LEFT for cars, before crossing the street, even when crossing at a light or a crosswalk. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing the street because cars that are turning or backing up may not see you.
  • If you are on a road with no sidewalks, walk facing traffic, as far to the left as possible.
  • If you are walking at sunset, use a flashlight. Wear bright colored clothing so that cars can see you. Wear sneakers or other clothes with reflective materials on them (some backpacks and wind pants have reflective materials on them too.)
  • Being safe is the most important part of walking!

Places to Walk

Exercising a little every day will help your body grow strong and keep you healthy when you get older. Walking is an easy way to exercise because we do it all the time. We walk up and down stairs, from the car to the store, from home to the school bus stop, and many other short distances every day. 

Some other ways to earn Walk NH miles:

  • Hike or take a nature walk on the dozens of trails available in our state.  Check out our list of state and local trails and maps. You can even snowshoe in the winter!
  • Register to participate in a walk-a-thon. Groups like the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, and many other national and local organizations hold fundraising walks every year. You can earn several miles in one day while raising money for a good cause!
  • Find ways to exercise indoors in gloomy weather. Many shopping malls welcome the public to walk inside. At the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester, you can walk from any main entrance, around the loop of stores and back to your starting place. That’s one mile! Also, your school might have marked how many times around the gym it takes to walk a mile.