Walking campaign lays healthy foundation: South Padbury Primary School

SOUTH PADBURY Primary School will take part in Walk to School Day next week, and the Heart Foundation is urging more schools to step up.

The October 21 event is part of the foundation’s Walk Over October campaign.

The campaign raises awareness of the transport, health, recreational and environmental benefits of regular walking.

Cardiovascular health director Trevor Shilton said a recent survey showed 60 per cent of parents made the effort to walk their children to school at least once a week.

“Regular opportunities for families to walk or cycle, including replacing small car trips such as the school drop off and trips to the shops or park, help people achieve the minimum daily exercise recommendation of 60 minutes for children and 30 minutes for adults,” Adjunct Professor Shilton said.

More than 75 WA schools have registered, including South Padbury which will promote its walking school bus next Wednesday.