By Josh Sidorowicz
Holt Journal staff writer
On the heels of the launch of Gov. Rick Snyder’s heath and wellness initiative for Michigan, local schools are stepping up to curb the growing problem of obesity among the state’s youth. “To build a stronger Michigan, we must build a healthier Michigan,” Snyder said in a special address last week to Michigan citizens and the legislature. Particularly the health of young people in the state received notable emphasis during the address, an issue that is already being tackled in some Holt schools. Horizon Elementary Principal David Hornak said efforts to create a healthier environment for students through programs like “Safer Routes to School” have been in the works for years. Essentially, the “Safer Routes to School” program is aimed at getting students out of the car and into the community by having them walk to school with parent volunteers who head up “walking school buses,” Hornak said.