Students set to walk the walk
Physical activity can come in various forms, but the easiest way is get outside and go for a walk.
It makes you feel good and is good for the physical and mental health of children.
It’s a great way to spend some quality family time and is excellent for our environment because it reduces car use, which means less greenhouse gas emissions.
Pedestrian Council chairman Harold Scruby encourages kids to kick-start their training for Walk Safely to School Day and get into the habit of regular physical activity.
“Now is a great opportunity for kids to get active and prepare for Walk Safely to School Day,” he said.
The World Health Organisation says regular physical activity helps children build healthy bones, muscles and joints, helps to reduce body weight and helps to develop the correct function of the heart and lungs.
“Focusing on an active living routine is an important part of the Walk Safely to School Day message, it also goes a long way to make kids feel good about themselves,” Mr Scruby said.
“Getting kids into a healthy lifestyle routine goes much further than managing their weight – it gives them vital physical and social confidence.”
Department of Health and Ageing research shows television viewing of more than two hours a day in childhood is associated with poor fitness, smoking, raised cholesterol and being overweight in adulthood.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get the 60 minutes of recommended exercise per day and is a great opening to get the whole family involved as well,” Mr Scruby said.
National Walk Safely to School Day is a genuine community event that boasts the support of schools, local and state governments and businesses across the country, including Woolworths and Safeway, the Australian Government, and all State and Territory Governments along with the National Heart Foundation, beyondblue, The Cancer Council Australia, Planet Ark and Diabetes Australia.