Help develop healthy habits
WALK Safely to School Day is on again next week and more than 8000 primary school children are preparing to pound the pavement.
Now in its tenth year, the event asks parents and carers to walk safely to school with their children, either all or at least part of the way on Friday, May 15.
The aim is to develop active and healthy children by encouraging them to exercise.
Organiser Harold Scruby from the Pedestrian Council said: “Children develop lifestyle habits when they’re young.
“Encouraging them to walk regularly instead of jumping into the car is an easy way to get them on the path to becoming healthy adults.”
He said it was also good for the environment.
“By leaving the car at least a kilometre from school, parents can avoid the traffic congestion and stress of dropping the kids off, and enjoy a peaceful walk and talk and the health of the morning air and reduce pollution in the air around the school,” he said.
“Cars produce nearly a fifth of household greenhouse gas emissions - one of the best things you can do for the planet is to drive less.
“More than half of car journeys are less than 3km but car engines are least efficient while still warming up so replacing short trips like driving to school with walking, can help to reduce the negative environmental impacts of driving.”
All schools will receive a Walk Safely to School Day kit including stickers, posters and a how-to-participate guide.
P and Cs and councils are encouraged to host a healthy breakfast at their school on the day. For details visit https://www.walk.com.au.