National Walk Safely to School Day

As parents, we aim to keep our kids happy, healthy and safe. What better way for kids to learn how to walk to school safely than by participating in the annual National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 17 May.

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Now celebrating its 20th year the event raises awareness of health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking can provide for the long term well-being of our children.

The day also encourages primary school-aged children to build walking into their daily routine, by walking to and from school every day.

“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 of huff and puff physical activity every day. We should encourage them to include walking at the beginning, during and end of each day – if you can’t walk all the way, use public transport and get off the bus, train, tram or ferry a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way to school.”
Harold Scruby, Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council of Australia

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Harold Scruby, Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council of Australia said that physical inactivity is a major risk factor for so many chronic diseases that can affect our kids at different stages of their life, including mental illness, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Tips on how to walk to school safely:

  1. Find a safe walking route from your home to your school.
  2. It’s recommended that kids up to the age of 12 years old should walk with an adult or friend. Hold the hands of young kids up to the age of 8 years.
  3. Teach kids to look for cars at every driveway and road crossing – Stop, Look, Listen.
  4. Let kids know not to accept rides from other people unless it’s pre-arranged by a parent. It’s always good to have a safe word, that only the parent and the child knows.
  5. Last but not least, set a good example. Kids are always watching to see what you do when it comes to road safety.

It’s not too late to participate in National Walk Safely to School Day, head to the WSTSD website for more information.

National Walk Safely to School Day

Date: Friday 17 May 2019
Location: In all primary schools across Australia
Price: Free

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