WALKING: Do the school run on foot

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Living Streets’ Walk to School Week is over for another year and we’d like to thank everyone in Northumberland who contributed to making it a massive success.

Over 7,500 pupils from 250 classrooms in Northumberland joined pupils across the UK to enjoy the many benefits of walking to school.

We know that schools become healthier and happier places when children walk to school.

The Chief Medical Officer recommends that children are active for 60 minutes a day, and walking to school is a free, accessible and easy way for children to contribute to this target.

Teachers tells us that pupils who walk to school are more alert and ready to learn, plus when children walk to school there is less congestion and pollution on local roads, making school gates a safer place.

Despite these benefits, the number of children walking to school is in decline, with just 46 per cent of children making the journey on foot. At Living Streets, we are committed to reversing this decline and preventing the problems associated with inactivity, including childhood obesity.

Walk to School Week is a great way to start so we’re thrilled that so many Northumberland pupils joined in.

Just because the week of celebration is over, it doesn’t mean families have to stop and we hope families in Northumberland will be encouraged to continue walking.

WOW, our year-round walk to school challenge, allows children to experience the mental and physical health benefits of walking all year-round. WOW has been proven to increase the number of children walking to school and, most importantly, pupils love taking part.

Once again, a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Walk to School Week. With your help we’ll get more children experiencing a healthy and happy walk to school.

For more information on WOW visit www.livingstreets.org.uk/wow

Joe Irvin

Chief Executive

Living Streets