Safely walking for health

By Cognitives Editor

Parents, caregivers and teachers took a more active role in ensuring children are getting enough physical activity every day as a part of National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday.

The national initiative aims to encourage children to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle by simply including a walk at the beginning, at lunchtime and at the end of each day.

The event also promotes reduced car-dependency, improved diets and road safety to primary school children throughout Australia.

St Michael’s Primary School principal Bernadette Murphy said it is one of many primary schools from across Australia which participated in the annual day.

‘‘We do this every year and always encourage people to walk to school if they can, or at least walk some of the way, to start the day with physical exercise,’’ Mrs Murphy said.

‘‘I was thrilled with the response we had to the annual walk to school day on Friday. Of our 165 students, we had nearly all walk some or all of the way.

‘‘For those who travelled by bus, they walked around the school block while those who were dropped off walked to the corner of our street and back.

‘‘It was lovely to see families walking together while others walked with friends. This initiative promotes good health and wellbeing which is imperative for learning.’’

Families are encouraged to continue a regular walking routine.