Parents and Students urged to support National Ride2School Day
Parents are being encouraged to look at ways to reinvigorate their child’s journey to school so as to incorporate activity into their daily lives.
Karen Andrews MP, Federal Member for McPherson, said it was important to find ways for children to get the recommended minimum 60 minutes of physical activity each day and riding, walking, scooting or skating to and from school was a great way to do it.
“School is back after the Christmas break and in many parts of McPherson we are seeing the roads again becoming busy with cars doing the school run,” said Mrs Andrews.
“Many of these kids are being driven relatively short distances to school, trips that are easy to ride or walk, and are missing out on a great chance for some exercise.”
Mrs Andrews continued, “Australia has seen a decline in childhood physical activity rates in recent years. In the 1970’s more than 80 per cent of kids walked or rode to school but that number has fallen to only 20 per cent today even though the majority of students live within two kilometres of the school gate.”
Mrs Andrews said building a physically active component into a child’s journey to school will contribute to them getting the recommended amount of physical exercise they need each day.“Children who develop a healthy, active lifestyle when they are young are much more likely to maintain those habits into adulthood.”
To encourage increased levels of physical activity, Mrs Andrews said she was encouraging schools across the Southern Gold Coast to participate in this year’s annual National Ride2School Day on Wednesday March 16, 2011.
“National Ride2School Day is a great opportunity for children, their parents and their teachers to get a taste of just how fun and easy it is to ride or walk to school,” Mrs Andrews said.
St Andrews Lutheran College in Tallebudgera Valley is proudly promoting and participating in Ride2School Day. Mr Stephen McGrath, Deputy Principal and Head of Junior School at St Andrews, echoed Mrs Andrews statements, “St Andrews Lutheran College wholeheartedly endorses the ‘Ride2School Day’ initiative, and encourages students and staff from across the Gold Coast to ride to school on March 16th.”
“As a school located in the magnificent hinterland, it is great to see people enjoying the landscape, and engaging in the benefits of physical activity at the same time,” continued Mr McGrath, “We would hope to see more students gaining confidence and developing an interest in keeping healthy and reducing the traffic on our roads, as a result of this special day.”
“It’s a great opportunity to get some exercise and to give something different a go. I encourage parents who are looking for advice, strategies, tips and further information on active travel to visit the Ride2School website at www.ride2school.com.au,” Mrs Andrews concluded.