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The Ararat Advertiser - Tuesday 12 May, 2009

Students walk safely to school on Friday

Students walk safely to school on Friday

12/05/2009 9:14:00 AM
ARARAT - More than 8,000 primary schools from around the nation, including Ararat West Primary School, are preparing to pound the pavement this Friday, walking their way to better physical and mental health and cleaner air, as part of national Walk Safely to School Day.

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. The aim is to develop active kids and healthy kids by encouraging all Australian children to exercise regularly, including at least 30 minutes of walking in their daily routine. The event also aims to reduces hazardous traffic congestion and vehicle pollution around schools.

''We are very excited about national Walk Safely to School Day because it is as an opportunity to develop healthy sustainable, habits, not only for one day, but for life,'' event organiser, Harold Scruby from the Pedestrian Council of Australia said.

''Children develop lifestyle habits when they're young. Encouraging them to walk regularly, instead of jumping into the car is an easy, effective and achievable way to forge their pathway to becoming healthy adults.

''A walk in the morning also prepares students mentally for an active day of learning and playing.

''And it's great for parents too! 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.''

All schools around the nation will receive a Walk Safely to School Day kit including stickers, posters and a how-to-participate guide. For more information visit

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