This week children, parents and staff will be taking up the 5 Day Walk To School Challenge to raise awareness of pollution and promote well-being. There will be lots of incentives such as stickers, team points and badges for all those children who participate on at least one day. If your journey requires the use of a car, try parking away from school and walking for the last few minutes of your journey.
Here are some reasons why walking (or cycling) to school is a great idea:
Soaring rates of childhood obesity and illnesses such as type 2 diabetes associated with this can be prevented through a healthy dose of walking. In fact, walking helps protect the body from many serious illnesses later on in life. On average around half of all children do not do the minimum one hour a day of physical activity recommended by the Health Education Authority. A brisk walk to school can help them get their daily exercise and arrive at school or home, refreshed and energised.
Walking can have a positive effect on a child’s emotional wellbeing. It can encourage independence, road sense and also be an opportunity to chat with friends.
The average drive to school and back releases 800g of CO2 into the air – enough to inflate over 60 balloons.
Encouraging your child to walk to school will save you money on transport fares or petrol money.
Please send your pictures of your walk to the school office or to @badgemoreprimary on Twitter