Time for kids to get walking

Primary school aged children across the Central Coast will make those important steps towards a healthier future by participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 10 May 2024.

From left David Mehan, Yasmin Catley, David Harris and Liesl Tesch

1 May 2024

 

LABOR Members David Harris, Liesl Tesch, David Mehan and Yasmin Catley share the light on how important daily exercise needs to be included in children’s routines.

 

“This May marks the 25th anniversary of National Walk Safely to School Day. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport, and environmental benefits that regular walking, or alternative active transport to and from school can provide for the long-term well-being of our children, not just on 10 May, but every day,” David Harris Member for Wyong said.

 

Liesl Tesch Member for Gosford said, “We know that there are so many physical benefits from regular walking and exercise. The research is clear, physical exercise is the best way to start the day and get off on the right foot for a day of focus.


“There is no better way to start the day then by getting out and walking, riding or rolling to school, enjoying our beautiful community and starting the day in the best way possible, with fresh air and exercise.

 

“The initiative also promotes healthy eating and encourages schools and P&Cs to Host a Healthy Breakfast on the day,” Mrs Tesch said.

 

“Walk Safely to School Day encourages positive environmental action, better use of public transport with reduced car-dependency and encourages parents and carers to walk more, reducing dangerous traffic congestion around schools,” David Mehan Member for The Entrance said.

 

‘Being active every day, including walking to school, can help make a difference for many in our communities. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or carer - everyone has a role to play in helping children and young people to lead active healthy lives,” Yasmin Catley Member for Swansea said.

 

Harold Scruby, Chairman and CEO of the Pedestrian Council of Australia said that "until they are 10, children must always hold the hand of an adult when crossing the road".

 

"The extremely disturbing childhood obesity epidemic continues to affect 1 in 4* children at critical levels across Australia."
 
“The best exercise for all Australians is walking regularly. Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. We should encourage them to take a walk before school, during and at end of their day,” Harold Scruby said.

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