Manly MP, James Griffin, is encouraging local schools, parents and students to support Walk Safely to School Day next Friday, 10 May.

Mr Griffin said the national initiative, championed by the Pedestrian Council Australia, aims to encourage children to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle by simply walking at the beginning of the day, at lunchtime and at the end of each day.

“The 25th annual Walk Safely to School Day also coincides with National Road Safety Awareness Week and encourages reduced car-dependency.

“Less motor vehicles can reduce dangerous traffic congestion around schools and helps deliver important environmental benefits.

Mr Griffin said, “Being active every day, including walking to school, can make a big difference for many Australians.

“Apart from the physical benefit, regular walking or similar exercise, also has a favourable impact on children’s cognitive and academic performances.

“Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or carer, everyone has a role to play in helping children and young people lead active, healthy lives.”

Mr Griffin said, “For longer school distances, try combining the walk with public transport, or if a motor vehicle must be used, park it some distance from the school and walk the rest of the way.

“Active Kids are Healthy Kids, so get planning your own Walk Safely to School Day on Friday, 10 May – but remember, children under 10 years of age must always hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.

Mr Griffin said, “I look forward to seeing plenty of local students taking an active part in this year’s Walk Safely to School Day on Friday, 10 May.

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Photo: James Griffin with son Teddy, walking to school