DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — If you see more kids than usual walking to school Wednesday, there’s a reason for it.

A good reason too. It’s National “Walk To School” day.

Many schools across Connecticut and the country will be taking part in National Walk To School Day. Tuesday is designed to put an emphasis on health and safety. It is a chance for kids to walk to school who ordinarily take the bus or get dropped off. This gives them a chance to get outside, get some exercise and raise awareness about being healthy.

The CDC recommends that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Walking to or from school certainly counts towards that. National Walk To School Day is also about putting an emphasis on safety. Kids need to be aware of their surroundings and know what’s expected of them as a pedestrian.

In 2014 more than 16,000 kids were sent to the hospital with pedestrian related injuries. Walking more often is a good way for kids to learn about crossing the street and staying clear from any cars. It’s also a good reminder for drivers out there to be careful of anyone walking to and from school.

Of course if you have a young son or daughter who doesn’t usually walk to school and they want to take part in today’s event, you may want to accompany them if possible.

National Walk To School day has been around for quite some time. It first started here in the United States back in 1997.