Be cool, walk to school
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.