Walk to School Day a lesson in fitness

National Walk Safely to School Day is a community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking can provide for the long-term health of children.

The annual event encourages primary school-aged children to walk to and from school, not just on May 22, but every day.

Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said unless teachers, parents, carers and the community got behind the event and its objectives, the outlook for Australia�s children was not good.

�The childhood obesity epidemic has reached such critical levels in Australia, that one in four children are now overweight or obese,� he said.

�Unless there are significant changes to physical activity and diet, this is expected to reach 1 in 3 by 2020.

�Children require at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity � and regular walking is the best exercise for all of us,� he said.