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Pedestrian Council of Australia
Road Safety
Walk to Work Day
Friday 4 October 2019

Walk, don't run

 

Julia Kogan HE’S more accustomed to sprinting on an oval than strolling to school, hut Fremantle Dockers defender Alex Silvagni is on the march to encourage children to walk to class.

Silvagni, 24, is the face of Friday’s National Walk Safely to School Day.

The footy star said he walked or rode to school for many of his younger years and credits an early active lifestyle as a factor behind his sporting achievements.

He also said incorporating walking in their daily routine was a good way for children to stay active.

"As an AFL player I have to be fit and I know that kids often look up to sportspeople, so I’m happy to use whatever influence I might have to try to help kids to get active," he said.

"Walking your child to school is also about quality time between parents and kids." Pedestrian Council of Australia chief executive Harold Scruby said Walk Safely to School Day promoted regular walking, public transport, reduced dependence on cars, cleaner air, improved diets and road safety among primary school children.

He said health figures revealed one in four children were overweight "Surveys reveal that more than 60 per cent of primary school-aged children are being driven to and from school. Many of these children are getting very little exercise and do not participate in any physical activity," Mr Scruby said.

"If this continues, over one in three children will be overweight or obese by 2020. We must beat childhood obesity. We therefore urge all parents, carers and children to put their feet first and actively participate in National Walk Safely to School Day."

Caption Text:
On the march: Primary school students Griffin Williams-Antulov, 5, left, Noah Dagger, 5, Charnae Niese, 4, and Matilda O’Callaghan, 5, step it out with Fremantle Docker Alex Silvagni. Picture: Theo Fakos
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