Students take a healthy step
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