Stu­dents take a healthy step

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at Bea­cons­field’s Win­ter­fold Pri­mary School have been pound­ing the pave­ment in an­tic­i­pa­tion of to­mor­row’s Walk Safely to School Day.

The Pedes­trian Coun­cil of Aus­tralia initiative aims to pro­mote the health, road safety, trans­port and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of regular walk­ing.

Win­ter­fold Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Steve Berry said the day en­cour­aged stu­dents to be more ac­tive and re­duced traf­fic around the school.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the morn­ing ex­er­cise gets stu­dents alert and ready to learn for the day,” he said.

Lead­ing youth men­tal health ex­pert and 2010 Aus­tralian of the Year, Pro­fes­sor Pa­trick McGorry, said regular ex­er­cise such as walk­ing could help ad­dress ris­ing anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and over­all poor men­tal health ex­pe­ri­enced by young Aus­tralians dur­ing the COVID-19 lock­down.

Win­ter­fold Pri­mary School stu­dents Evie Svens­son, Millie Bon­nor, Thando Ngubane, Isaac Svens­son, Lach­lan Sweet­ing and Billy Barakat. Pic­ture: Adam Poulsen

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