Students, parents, volunteers and administrators at P.S. 6 in the South Bronx took part in the New York City Department of Health Walking School Bus program on Friday.

Designed to encourage kids to get more exercise, get to school on time and inspire more involvement with the community by walking to school, the joint initiative with NYC Service has expanded its pilot program from just two schools to seven schools in the South Bronx, North and Central Brooklyn and East and Central Harlem.

"This is part of a getting fit challenge and started as a $500 grant in a school wellness committee and we just kind of expanded,"said P.S. 6 Assistant Principal Susan Aker.

Since the program restarted two weeks ago, 141 students and 45 parents and school volunteers have gotten their seat on the walking school bus and traipsed the quarter-mile to half-mile walk to school from a designated point every Friday.

Cathy Nonas of the New York City Department of Health says this plan to help kids is a solid one. "Childhood obesity has increased to pandemic proportions and this is just one effort to improve the health of the kids by increasing physical activity even before school starts," said Nonas.