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Pupils walk tall to stay healthy

HEALTH- conscious youngsters at a Solihull primary school put their best feet forward at the start of Walk to School Month this week.

HEALTH- conscious youngsters at a Solihull primary school put their best feet forward at the start of Walk to School Month this week.

The pupils at Monkspath Junior & Infant School joined thousands of children across the borough by striding out in a bid to keep healthy. The 'Power Up' campaign will see the children taking part in Walk to School Week from October 6 - 10.

The message is particularly important as only around half of 7-11 year olds nationally are doing the recommended one hour of physical activity a day.

Cabinet Member for Transport Highways and Infrastructure, Councillor Ted Richards said: "A brisk walk to school is an easy way to boost energy levels for the day ahead and improve children's overall health. By encouraging families to ditch the car keys and get to school on foot there will be obvious environmental benefits too - the amount of traffic around the school will be reduced and so will pollution. It is also an ideal time for parents and children to practice good road crossings skills which will enable them to make more independent journeys as they get older."

 

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