Primary school aged children across Australia will make those important steps towards a healthier future by participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 22 May 2015.
National Walk Safely to School Day is a community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long term health of our children.
The annual event, now in its 16th year, encourages primary school aged children to walk to and from school, not just on Friday 22 May, but every day.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said that unless teachers, parents, carers and the community generally get behind this event and its objectives, the outlook for Australia’s children is not good.
“The childhood obesity epidemic has reached such critical levels in Australia, that 1 in 4 children are now overweight or obese,” Mr Elliott said.
“Unless there are significant changes to physical activity and diet, this is expected to reach 1 in 3 by 2020.
“Children require at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity – and regular walking is the best exercise for all of us.”
Children are encouraged to lead a more active lifestyle by including a walk at the beginning, during and end of each day.
The event also promotes improved diets, positive environmental action, better use of public transport with reduced car-dependency and important road safety messages such as “children aged 10 years or under must always hold the hand of an adult’s hand when crossing the road.”