Member for the Eastern Region, Mr Peter Hall is encouraging all parents and guardians of school aged children to participate in the National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday the 7th of May.
Mr Hall said the National Walk Safely to School Day is a great way to encourage young people to adopt a more active lifestyle. Studies have shown children need a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity a day. By incorporating a walk to school into the daily routine of children it is a helpful measure in reducing childhood obesity.
“Over 25% of Australian children are overweight or obese, which obviously needs to change and this is a great initiative for that change to begin.” Mr Hall said.
Mr Hall said the objectives for the National Walk Safely to School Day are also noble, some of them being;
- To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
- To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
- To reduce the car dependency habits which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
- To promote and improve the use of public transport and reduce the level of traffic congestion.
“Children are our future and we need to encourage them early to undertake healthy habits. An important one being is to walk when possible.” Mr Hall said.More information is available on the National Walk Safely to School day website which is www.walk.com.au or by contacting Mr Hall’s office on 5174 7066 or by visiting Mr Hall’s office at 181 Franklin Street, Traralgon.