Solihull MP Lorely Burt took a step in the right direction this week to boost National ‘Walk to School’ Week in Shirley.
Taking place from Monday to Friday, the annual campaign is ran by charity, Living Streets, with funding from the Department for Transport and the BIG Lottery fund.
It encourages primary school pupils, parents and staff to include regular physical activity into their daily lives by walking to school wherever possible.
With over two million children taking part each year it is the UK’s largest Walk to School campaign and this year’s theme is walking together.
Supporting Our Lady of Wayside Roman Catholic primary school, Ms. Burt stepped out among children, teachers and parents to promote the school that recently extended their Walk to School pact to both Mondays and Tuesdays as part of their school travel plan.
“Our Lady of the Wayside is setting a very good example in encouraging parents and pupils to walk to school and I was delighted to join them today to promote Walk to School Week.” said Ms Burt..
According to researched published earlier this week, around half of all primary school children do not walk to school regularly, with a huge 41 percent being driven to school despite the average distance of the school-run shamefully being just over a mile – a brisk 20-minute walk.
Also walking just one mile can burn up to 100 calories, but walking two miles a day, three times a week, can help reduce weight by at least one pound every three weeks according to the Department of Health.
Healthy schools co-ordinator, Carol Ashcroft added: “Teachers and parents at Our Lady of Wayside are keen to encourage walking exercise, road safety awareness and reducing congestion around school by our walking activities.”