Walk To School Wednesday Promotes Healthier Habits

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Media Statement  

Attention: Editor/Chief of Staff 


2

November 2010


Walk to School Wednesday promotes healthier habits


Students who walk to school are contributing towards their own health and a healthier

environment. 


Up to 50,000 WA schools students are gearing up to put their best foot forward for Walk to

School Wednesday on November 3.

Department of Education physical activity project manager Kristy Hathaway said walking,

along with all forms of physical activity, had many benefits including health, fitness and being

more alert during class.

“Heart Foundation research tells us that some of the benefits of regular walking and exercise

for school students can include improved self esteem, improved concentration levels, reduced

levels of stress, improved cardiovascular fitness and better sleep,” Ms Hathaway said.

“Walking to school also benefits the environment by reducing the number of car trips that

parents would make to drop off or pick up their children.”

Walk to School Wednesday is one of many activities to make up the 10th annual Walk Week in

WA from November 1 to 7. 

The week encourages people to become more physically active by walking.

Ms

Hathaway said motorists

were urged to take extra care while driving to work this

Wednesday as thousands of students take up the challenge to walk to school. 


“As a result of the day you may see more students, as many as 50,000,

on foot crossing the

road and walking the street,” Ms Hathaway said.


“Walking to school is an important way for children to make up part of the 60 minutes or more

of moderate to vigorous physical activity they need every day for good health.” 


Ends

Media contact: Chris Lawson 08 9264 5921









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