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Walk to Work Day
Friday 4 October 2019

FUN WALK TO SCHOOL TACKLES SERIOUS ISSUE
School walk encouraged

STUDENTS across thc Warren Blackwood will bc walking past thc family car, out thc driveway and all thc way to school on May 18 for National Walk Safely to School Day.

The initiative, run by the Pedestrian Council of Australia, is now in its 13th year and is designed to improve the health of children and parents.
East Manjimup Primary School deputy principal Robyn Harrington rides her bike to work and she said the walk to school initiative was great for their students.

"You have to be active every day, especially young children, they’ve got so much energy to bum so this is a great initiative to keep them healthy," she said.

"And of course it is an environmentally friendly option to leave the car at home and walk, and you will always see some wildlife walking through Manjimup." Lilly Bird and Jorja Forrest regularly walk to school and enjoy catching up with friends in the mornings.

Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said 60 per cent of children were being driven to school and getting little exercise.

"If the current trends continue, more than one in three children will be overweight by 2020," he said.
"We must beat childhood obesity." Visit www.walk.com.au to find the best walking route to your school, several schools across the Warren Blackwood are getting involved.

Caption Text:
East Manjimup Primary School students Lilly Bird and Jorja Forrest are in training with deputy principal Robyn Harrington for National Walk Safely to School Day on May 18. Report page 6. PICTURE: SANDY POWELL
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