This week, all over the country, children and parents are choosing to walk to nursery, pre-school and school rather than drive. In an effort to encourage children to be active, and reduce the use of cars at peak hours, Walk To School Week has been hailed another resounding success with thousands of children using their feet rather than a vehicle to get to school.
The campaign is arranged by the charity Living Streets with funding from the Department of Transport. It asks parents, teachers and everyone travelling to and from school not to use their car for this one week. It is reported that 50% of children who wouldn't normally walk to school, have walked this week.
Walking to school:
WOW is the scheme that encourages children to Walk Once a Week. If they do so, they get a little metal badge designed by children in the national badge competition.
The Walk To School campaign history:-
The next event is the Walk To School month...in October!
Getting active with the children is not always as easy as it sounds: how can you fit any more activity time in an already busy day? Here are some simple ways to increase the activity levels in your family. Remember, every little bit counts, so keep a note of all these activities and work out your daily total of minutes spent being active.
Children should do about an hour of physical activity each day. See how close you are and praise them each time they want to do something physical. It is so good for them to start out actively as children, because then they are more likely to stay active as they grow older.
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