Be cool, walk to school

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Adam Bell

IT DOESN’T mat­ter whether your walk­ing style is to strut, prance or pa­rade, kids and par­ents are be­ing urged to leave the car at home and walk to school on Fri­day.

The Na­tional Walk Safely to School Day aims to fight child­hood obe­sity by pro­mot­ing regular ex­er­cise for pri­mary school chil­dren.

NSW Swifts net­ballers Su­san Pet­titt and Abbey McCul­loch un­der­stand the im­por­tance of tak­ing steps to­wards a health­ier fu­ture early in life.

“As a school­teacher, I see first-hand the ef­fect a healthy life­style has on kids which is why I’m a big sup­porter of the mes­sage this sends to fam­i­lies,” McCul­loch said.

“We know ex­er­cise is fun­da­men­tal to a stu­dent’s growth - both phys­i­cally and men­tally.”

Pet­titt said the cam­paign also fo­cused on road safety, es­pe­cially walk­ing around schools.

“We want kids to feel safe on the roads, so we are urg­ing mo­torists and cy­clists to be ex­tra care­ful around pri­mary schools and kinder­gartens where there are lots of lit­tle peo­ple,” she said.

Harold Scruby, of the Pedes­trian Coun­cil of Australia, said there was still a long way to go in the obe­sity battle.

He said chil­dren should get at least an hour of ex­er­cise each day and walk­ing to and from school was a great way to build it into a child’s daily rou­tine.

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