National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is on Friday 11 September 2020. Now in its 21st year, the annual campaign encourages all primary school children, their parents and carers to walk more in 2020 and commute regularly and safely to school. The event seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.
Australian children are becoming less active. One substantial contributor is the decline in walking and/or taking public transport to school. Children who are regularly physically active are healthier, perform better academically and are less likely to be obese or overweight. Sedentary behaviour can lead to long-term and costly risks of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Walking regularly is the best exercise because you can build it into your daily routine.
By simply walking all or part of the way to school with a parent or carer, children can easily achieve the minimum 60 minutes of moderate exercise they need each day. For most children, walking all or part of the way to school is an easy, free and sustainable, habit to get into.
To help children develop vital road-crossing skills, always ensure children up to the age of 10 years hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road. And if you are parking near a school on 11th September, please take extra care as there may be more children and their parents walking to school that day.
To find out more about how you and your school can participate: www.walk.com.au