May 14, 2009 04:00am
GOULBURN Street Primary School will join 8000 schools across Australia tomorrow to pound the pavement.
Principal Carol Mackell said the school was pulling out all stops to encourage its students to be fit and healthy.
Ms Mackell said National Walk Safely to School Day was almost an aside as the school had been encouraging students to walk every day for the past 12 months.
And if home is too far to walk, students are encouraged to get out of the car a good walking distance from the West Hobart school.
Ms Mackell said walkers often found the steep hills around the school a challenge at first.
"But with regular exercise, it's much easier," she said.
Ms Mackell said the school had pioneered daily physical education sessions that involved all students.
They rotate between sessions such as playground runs, dodge ball, aerobics, ball skills and made-up games, all led by grade 6 students.
The school's canteen is also run entirely by students who limit the menu to strictly healthy food. The most popular item yesterday was sushi.
National Walk Safely co-ordinator Harold Scruby, from the Pedestrian Council of Australia, said children developed lifestyle habits.
"Encouraging them to walk regularly, instead of jumping into the car is an easy, effective and achievable way," Mr Scruby said.
All 139 Tasmanian primary schools have been invited to participate.