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Australian Sports Commission - Thursday 22 April 2010
Walk Safely to School Day promotes healthy active lifestyle

22 Apr 2010

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) netballers Heidi Wilson and Simone Nalder lent their support to the promotion of National Walk Safely to School Day by running a special training session for local school students at the AIS athletics track on Wednesday 21 April. 

Thousands of school kids from across Australia are expected to take part in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 7 May promoting the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.

Schools across Australia can get actively involved in the day by promoting the event and hosting a breakfast for kids who walk safely to school.  

Key aims of this national event are to:

• reduce childhood obesity

• increase awareness about road safety

• improve air quality and

• reduce dangerous traffic jams.

Pedestrian Council CEO Harold Scruby says National Walk Safely to School Day has never been more relevant in promoting the health and well being of Australian school children.

‘Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate and vigorous exercise each and every day and the more time they spend being active the better off they will be,’ Mr Scruby said.

‘For many children those 60 minutes can be spent by simply getting off the bus a few stops earlier or walking to and from school or walking to the shops or a friend’s place.

Register your interest in hosting an event for National Walk Safely to School Day on 7 May.

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