23rd Anniversary of National Walk Safely to School Day | Leader of St George & Sutherland Shire

Children of primary school age across Australia will take those important steps towards a healthier future by taking part in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 20 May 2022.

Sutherland Shire double Olympian Peter Hadfield lends his support as an ambassador and will be out walking with the kids to promote health and fitness.

“I am delighted to be a Safe Walk to School Day Ambassador. Exercise and wellness have always been an integral part of my life and I am very concerned that more than a quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese.” Peter Hadfield said.

“Regular exercise for school-age children and their parents provides significant benefits and I would encourage as many families and students as possible to not only participate in Walk Safely to School Day, but also continue to exercise on a regular basis.” “.

National Walk Safe to School Day is a community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transportation, and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can bring. for the long-term well-being of our children.

Aside from the physical benefits, walking regularly also has a favorable impact on children’s cognitive and academic performance.

Now in its 23rd year, the annual event has joined forces with National Road Safety Week (May 15-22) to bring even more attention to road safety and support the importance of walking regularly, not just May 20, but every day.

Harold Scruby, president and chief executive of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, said that “until the age of 10, children should always hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.”

Walk Safely to School Day also encourages positive environmental action, better use of public transportation with less reliance on the car, and encourages parents and caregivers to walk more, reducing dangerous traffic congestion around schools. The national initiative also promotes healthy eating and encourages schools and P&Cs to host a healthy breakfast on that day.

“Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. We should encourage them to walk before school, during and at the end of the day,” said Harold Scruby.

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

1. Walk a little or if you can, walk all the way to school

2. Get off the bus, train or tram a few stops early and walk the rest of the way

3. Leave the car at least 1 km from the school and walk the rest of the way

4. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier to accommodate a walk to school

5. If you can’t walk in the morning, walk home after school.

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