Monday, 22 July 2013

School’s ‘out’…and walking should be ‘in’

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As the summer heatwave heralds the end of the school year, here’s something to think about when it’s time to go back to school: walking to school. It’s good to see that the Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, Mike Weatherley, has backed an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons which champions the importance of children walking to school with parents or carers - something that Living Streets has been campaigning on for many years. The aim of the Walk to School campaign is to encourage parents, children and young people to make walking to school part of their daily routine. The Living Streets vision is that every child who can walk to school does so. More here.

The EDM 87 (Walking To School) signed by Mike Weatherley highlights how walking to school is an important activity for improving the mental and physical health of children, as well as being a valuable opportunity for parents and carers to spend quality time with their children. The parliamentary motion also notes that walking to school reduces carbon emissions and traffic, and calls on the Government to support the Walk to School campaign.

As Mike Weatherley comments, “Walking to school is a worthwhile activity that is free and healthy. It provides parents and carers quality time with their children, as well as helping to ease congestion on our already busy roads.”

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