DESPITE what it looked like, it was not a case of mass truancy at Hilton Primary School last week when more than 150 students took to the streets.
They were taking part in the Heart Foundation’s Walk Over October Walk to School Day, which aims to promote walking whether it be for transport, health, the environment or, as with the Hilton students, for fun.
Heart Foundation cardiovascular health director Trevor Shilton said a recent survey showed just 24 per cent of parents felt it was safe to let their children walk to school.
“The good news is that more than half of the parents surveyed made the effort to walk or cycle to school with their child at least once a week,” he said.
“Opportunities for families to walk or cycle, including replacing small car trips such as the school drop off, help people achieve the minimum daily exercise recommendation of 60 minutes for children and 30 minutes for adults.”