Walk to school gets top marks

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

HOCK­ING stu­dents will make an ex­tra ef­fort to walk to school this Fri­day.

St El­iz­a­beth’s Catholic Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Carmel O’Shaugh­nessy said she hoped to get all 90 stu­dents in­volved in Walk Safely to School Day on May 19.

“It’s a real way of chil­dren know­ing that walk­ing is healthy,” she said.

Pedes­trian Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Harold Scruby said it was vi­tal for chil­dren to be ac­tive ev­ery day as more than 25 per cent of Aus­tralian chil­dren were over­weight or obese.

“With these health sta­tis­tics rapidly head­ing to­wards 30 per cent, we need to ed­u­cate chil­dren www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469195 on how to form pos­i­tive ex­er­cise habits early in life,” he said.

“The best way to achieve this is to en­cour­age par­ents to in­tro­duce sim­ple ways to get their chil­dren mov­ing, such as walk­ing to and from school.”

Mr Scruby en­cour­aged par­ents who drove into school to park 15 min­utes away so they could share the count­less health and safety ben­e­fits with their chil­dren.

“By walk­ing with your child from your car to school, you’re teach­ing them safe road skills, you’ll have ex­tra bond­ing time with them, you’re not get­ting stuck in a traf­fic jam, and you’ll be get­ting ex­er­cise your­self,” he said.

For more de­tails, visit www.walk.com.au .

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey

St El­iz­a­beth’s Cathloic Pri­mary School Year 2 stu­dent Geana.

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