Get active with National Walk Safely to School Day

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt took part today in the 17th National Walk Safely to School Day, encouraging families to walk and commute safely to school – promoting road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

“This is a wonderful initiative by the Pedestrian Council of Australia, and a really fun way for families to spend time together, walking to school and having practical conversations about road safety”, Mr Pitt said.

“We are encouraging families across Hinkler to keep healthy by walking with your children to school.”

Research from the Coalition Government’s Play.Sport.Australia strategy shows that it does not need to be intense exercise.

Even moderate gentle exercise reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, obesity and even just minor injuries.

On this Walk Safely to School Day, we are urging all Australians to “put their health first” and get active to ensure they – and their families – live more healthy, happy and productive lives.

“Activities like walking to and from school, or even parking your car around the block and walking your children the remaining distance to school, can be a great way to get some exercise and to spend quality time with family,” Mr Pitt said.

“Physical activity in early years lays down the muscle and bone you need for the rest of your life. Particularly in the teenage years, it’s a unique time to build up strength as your body develops.”

“Regular forms of activity also help manage stress, alleviate depression and anxiety, strengthen self-esteem, enhance mood and boost mental alertness.”

Background

Walk Safety to School day is an annual event promoted by the Pedestrian Council of Australia and supported by the Australian Government, all State, Territory Governments and Local Governments.

More information about the event can be found at www.walk.com.au