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Walk safely to school

Friday, 18th May, 2012

FORGET THE CAR: Navaeh Bates (3) with her grandmother Theresa Bottrell and Lenai King (2) with her mother Rochelle Bottrell walking to the Happy Day Preschool. FORGET THE CAR: Navaeh Bates (3) with her grandmother Theresa Bottrell and Lenai King (2) with her mother Rochelle Bottrell walking to the Happy Day Preschool.

Today’s the day for the kids to take their parents by the hand and walk them to school.

“National Walk Safely to School Day” for primary school children has become a very popular event on school calendar.

The idea behind it is to promote regular walking, cut dependency of the car and teach road-crossing skills.

For the first time, this year parents and pupils can go online to find the best route to school at walk.com.au.

Surveys reveal that more than 60 per cent of primary school children are being driven to school. Many of them are getting very little exercise. If this continues, about one in three children will be overweight or obese by 2020. 

The day also encourages parent and kids to walk more often because walking is the best exercise for most people.

If you must use the car, leave it a good distance from the school and walk the rest of the way.

Don’t forget, school doesn’t start until 10.30am today due to the teachers’ stop work meeting.

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