International walk to school month
International Walk to School Month is celebrated every October, with over 40 countries celebrating each year. Statistics from charity Living Streets reveal less than 45% of children walk to school, down from 70% a generation ago.
Talking in 2014, Sean Merrick, Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Belfast, said “We have found that children who walk to school appear more alert in their classrooms. The children recognise that it is a sociable way for both themselves and their parents to improve their health and fitness while at the same time, having a positive impact on the environment.”
So what are the facts?
- 79% of boys and 84% of girls fail to meet the minimum daily recommendation of exercise.
- One in three children leave primary school either overweight or obese.
- Children who take part in some form of exercise are more likely to do better in school.
- Walking to school helps children arrive fit, focussed and ready to learn.
Each child is different and has different motivators, and our attempts to enthuse them to walk to school should reflect this. Here are some things you can do to encourage your students to walk to school:
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