MT Lawley Primary School students will take part in the 19th National Walk Safely to School Day next week.
The community initiative, to be held Friday, May 18, aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that walking regularly to and from school can provide for children.
Pedestrian Council of Australia chief executive Harold Scruby said he hoped to reverse the obesity rate.
“One in four children in Australia is overweight or obese, and it is expected that numbers will reach one in three by 2020,” he said.
“We really need teachers, parents, carers and the community at large to get behind this event and its objectives.”
Parents and carers are also encouraged to walk to reduce traffic congestion.
Schools will be provided with kits including stickers, posters and information flyers to promote the message.
Got to www.walk.com.au/wstsd.