National Walk Safely to School Day 2021 | 14 May 2021

National Walk Safely to School Day 2021 

On Friday 14 May, children from across South Australia will put their feet first, and journey towards a healthier future by participating in the 22nd anniversary of National Walk Safely to School Day.

The annual event aims to raise awareness for the various benefits regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide. This includes health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits as well as 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 day also encourages primary school-aged children to build walking into their daily routine, by walking to and from school, not just on Friday 14 May, but every day.

The national initiative also promotes improved eating habits (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.

Top 5 tips for parents to get their kids walking to school:

  1. Walk some of the way or if you can, walk all the way to school.
  2. Get off the bus, train, or tram a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way .
  3. Leave the car at least 1km away from school and walk the rest of the way.
  4. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier to fit in a walk to school.
  5. If you can’t walk in the morning, walk home after school 

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the WSTSD webpage

What:   National Walk Safely to School Day 2021

When:    Friday 14 May 2021 | 7am – 9am

Where:  Australia Wide

Who:   Everyone

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.

Image Source: WSTSD webpage

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