APPROVED QUOTES FROM TREVOR SHILTON, HEART FOUNDATION MANAGER OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY
"Walking to school not only encourages physical activity amongst school aged children but it also assists in reducing traffic congestion around schools, increases street security and has a positive effect on social learning and development".
"In fact walking to school is probably the most convenient and easiest way for the majority of Australian children to find part of the 60 minutes or more of physical activity they need every day for good health ".
"Children spend most of their day sitting. Physical activity is important for the health of children. It can
Promote healthy growth and development
Improve cardiovascular fitness
Build strong bones and muscles
Help achieve and maintain a healthy weight
Improve balance and develop skills
Provide social learning opportunities, and opportunities to make friends
“Incorporating walking into the daily routine of both adults and children not only provides significant health rewards but also results in a range of benefits for the environment and our community.”
“Walking provides an alternative active transport option to replace short car trips, helps reduce air pollution and reduces household petrol bills.”
"20 years ago one in three children were taken to school by car as most walked, cycled or caught public transport. Today, more than two thirds are driven to and from school, depriving them of daily activity".
"In Perth each day nearly 250,000 (one in ten) car trips are less than one kilometre, which is only a 10 to 15 minute walk. Many of these trips are parents dropping their kids off to school, and could be replaced with walking or cycling".