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Rug up and walk to school!

08-Aug-2017

From 7 to 11 August, it’s Winter Walk to School Week.

It’s time to rug up – grab your beanies, gloves, scarves and coats – and walk to school this week. Embrace the fresh, clean air and feel invigorated by a brisk walk.

The time before and after school is a perfect opportunity to move more, even in winter! It gives children and parents a chance to add extra physical activity into their days, while also avoiding traffic at school drop-off and pick-up.

Remember, if you live too far from school, try parking a few blocks away or get off the bus a stop earlier and walk together. Enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. Or jog if you need to warm up!

The Active Streets section of the website has some great tips about safely riding, walking, scootering or skating to school. You can also visit the Physical Activity Foundation website for information on the Ride or Walk to School program, supported by ACT Health.

Need extra motivation? Here are some more reasons to walk to school:

  • Moving more and sitting less helps build strong muscles and bones.
  • Active kids usually become active adults – you can help them set up good habits for life.

Children over the age of five should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to high intensity physical activity every day. Walking to and from school can help them meet their physical activity needs. Every little bit counts.

Group of primary school kids and families walking to school

Photo courtesy of Physical Activity Foundation.