Walk Safely to School Day: Hilton PS staff and students keep active and healthy by walking to school


Bryon Smith (8), Marley Wroblewski (8) and Aiden Madden (7) serve up the healthy snacks after their walk.
Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d469249
Bryon Smith (8), Marley Wroblewski (8) and Aiden Madden (7) serve up the healthy snacks after their walk. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d469249

STAFF and students at Hilton Primary School were in their pyjamas on Friday, but it was not because everyone was running late.

The school had encouraged the dress-up day to help raise money for a Year 6 camp.

The gold-coin fundraiser coincided with Walk Safely to School Day.

The annual event is organised by the Pedestrian Council of Australia and encourages students, parents and carers to put safety first during their journey to and from school.

Hilton Primary School took that a little bit further with a whole-school walk around its Rennie Crescent grounds on Friday morning, followed by a healthy fruit snack.

With more than 25 per cent of Australian children overweight, Pedestrian Council chief executive Harold Scruby said the day was an important reminder to stay active.

“With these health statistics rapidly heading towards 30 per cent, we need to educate children on how to form positive exercise habits early in life,” he said.

“The best way to achieve this is to encourage parents to introduce simple ways to get their children moving, such as walking to and from school, so these habits become part of their daily routine.”

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