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The Bay Post - Friday 8 May, 2009

Stepping out for good health

Stepping out for good health

8/05/2009 12:27:00 PM
Next week school children across the nation will pound the pavement, look both ways, and cross roads safely to school as part of Walk Safely to School Day.

Around 8000 primary schools are expected to take part in the event, which asks parents and carers to walk safely to school with their children, either all or at least part of the way.

Moruya Public School will be encouraging their students to participate on the day and put into practice what they learn about road safety.

Relieving principal Lachlan Johnson said it was important for the students to develop responsible habits that will help them in later life.

“The aim here is to raise awareness of the importance of road safety and to look after each other,” he said.

“We discuss safe practices in line with bike safety and drug education.”

The day aims to develop active and healthy kids by encouraging Australian children to exercise regularly, including at least 30 minutes of walking in their daily routine.

The event also aims to reduce hazardous traffic congestion and vehicle pollution around schools.

There will be different focuses for year groups on the day, according to Mr Johnson, with younger students encouraged to hold an adult’s hand and know safe places to cross the road.

Stage three students will run through the process of “stop, look, listen and think” for every time they cross the road.

Pedestrian Council of Australia’s Harold Scruby is the event organiser and believes the day is an opportunity to develop healthy habits for life.

“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.

(Back) Holly Machon, Monique Lush, relieving Moruya Public School principal Lachlan Johnson, Braydon Strudwick, (front) Tilly Lee, Lani Hines, Holden Atchinson, and Jonah Medway.
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