Pupils take steps to fitness

Schoolchildren and parents across Merseyside are being encouraged to get fit and join in the fun with Walk to School Week (8 – 12 October).

Walk to School Week aims to create healthier, happier and greener schools by encouraging the school community to walk to and from school. It’s a great way for families to spend time together, enjoy the walk, get some exercise and make new friends with other parents and children along the way.

Councillor Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel said: “This is the fifth year our TravelWise campaign has promoted Walk to School Week and we really are committed to encouraging people to take part. A 20-minute walk to school burns around 100 calories and helps pupils start the day energised and alert.

“Walking to school can also help develop a child’s road sense – as well as help relieve road congestion and save money for parents, so there’s more reason than ever to get out and get active!”

This year over 200 schools across Merseyside will be taking part so why not get involved, be TravelWise and join over 70,000 children and their parents walking to school here in Merseyside as part of the ‘Walk to School Merseyside’ campaign.

How can you and your child take part?

If you don’t usually walk, it couldn’t be easier to give it a go. Perhaps you can walk just one way, or one day during the week.

If you live too far away from school, or you need the car for work, parking a five minute walk away will reduce school gate congestion. You’ll still be getting the health benefits of walking and you’ll help develop your child’s road sense.