Five reasons to choose active travel to school

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Five reasons to choose active travel to school

There’s plenty of excuses available but it’s worth encouraging kids to choose active travel to school.

That’s according to CQUniversity physical activity researcher Stephanie Schoeppe who has provided her Top 5 tips on the benefits of active travel to school in conjunction with National Ride to School Day.

Ms Schoeppe said parents are rightly concerned about busy traffic, a lack of foot/cycling pathways and stranger danger but it is worth trying to overcome these barriers and support children’s walking/cycling to school where possible because active travel to school:

– helps children achieve the recommended daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity

– contributes to overall physical activity which is vital for children’s bone health, motor skills, physical fitness and healthy weight

– promotes an active lifestyle; instilling active lifestyles in young children is important as physical activity behaviours tend to track from childhood to adolescence and adulthood.

– helps children develop traffic safety skills for navigating in public spaces

– provides children opportunities for social interaction with peers.

(Source: CQUniversity)

Date Created: March 22, 2014 Date Modified: April 5, 2014

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