It's Time to Get Walking!

Walk to school, form healthy habits.
May 1, 2024
Look out for your health.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Walk Safely to School Day. Championed by the Pedestrian Council Australia, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking, or alternative active transport (especially to and from school) can provide for kids’ long-term well-being.

Apart from the physical benefits, regular walking (or similar) also has a favourable impact on children's cognitive and academic performance.

Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 10th May also 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.

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 national initiative also promotes healthy eating and encourages schools and P&Cs to Host a Healthy Breakfast on the day.

"The extremely disturbing childhood obesity epidemic continues to affect 1 in 4* children at critical levels across Australia.

“The best form of physical activity 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.

*ABS: National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18  ENDS