National Walk Safely to School Day
It’s that time of the year again where primary school aged children will be putting their best foot forward with their teachers and carers on Friday 18 May 2018 for Walk Safely to School Day.
National Walk Safely to School Day is a community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long term well-being of our children. Apart from the physical benefits, regular walking also has a favourable impact on their cognitive and academic performance.
The annual event, now in its 19th year, encourages primary school aged children to build walking into their daily routine, by walking to and from school, not just on Friday 18 May, but every day.
Harold Scruby, Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council of Australia said:
“…1 in 4 children in Australia are overweight or obese, and it is expected that numbers will reach 1 in 3 by 2020. We really need teachers, parents, carers and the community at large to get behind this event and its objectives, The best exercise for all of us is regular walking. Children require at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity. We should encourage them to include walking at the beginning, during and end of each day”,
The national initiative also promotes improved diets (by asking schools and P&Cs to Host a Healthy Breakfast), positive environmental action, better use of public transport with reduced car-dependency and the vitally important road safety message: “Until they are 10, children must always hold the hand of an adult when crossing the road”. It also encourages parents and carers to walk more, reducing dangerous traffic congestion around schools, while minimising the risk of Australian children developing heart disease and diabetes.
Objectives of National Walk Safely to School Day:
- To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.
- To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
- To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.
- To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
- To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
- To promote the use of Public Transport.
- To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.
- To reduce the level of traffic congestion.
How to get involved:
A kit containing WSTSD posters, stickers and information will be posted to every Primary School (Public, Catholic and Private) and Council in Australia. Participate by walking to school on Friday 18 May 2018! For parents and carers who have to drive, try parking the car at least 10 minutes away from the school.
You can also host a healthy breakfast at your school. Click here for more information.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Walk website.
What: National Walk Safely to School Day
When: Friday 18 May 2018 | Before (or/and after) school
Where: Schools across Australia
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
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