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The Flinders News - Friday 9 May, 2008

Students step up to the challenge

Students step up to challenge

9/05/2008 10:39:00 AM
Students at Peterborough’s St Joseph’s School participated in the recent Walk Safely To School day, and were one of thousands of schools participating nationally.

As part of the program, children were encouraged to walk safely obeying road rules and becoming healthier simultaneously.

Supporting the promotion, the school’s Parent’s and Friends Association provided a healthy breakfast for families on their arrival to school.

Parents who normally traveled by car walked for the day with their children, or dropped them off at a walking distance.

Bus drivers from Terowie and Yongala also contributed to the day by dropping children off at an earlier point so that they could take part by walking part-way also.

Yongala’s Mitchell Norman maximised his participation by running from the bus to school.

National Event organiser, Harold Scruby of the Pedestrian Council of Australia said that while the event is good fun, it has several serious messages regarding health and saving the environment.

“Research shows that if parents continue to support kid’s sedentary lifestyle by driving them everywhere and letting them play computer games instead of teaching them to get outside and exercise regularly, by the year 2025, half of all young Australians will be overweight or obese.”

Mr Scruby added while walking can save the health of our children it can also help the environment, with walking a mere half-a-kilometre a day saving up to 500kg of greenhouse gas emissions annually

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