Ryan encourages kids to walk safely to school
22 May 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan today encouraged kids in the Euroa electorate to walk safely to school.
Friday 22 May is National Walk Safely to School Day 2015 and to mark the occasion Ms Ryan walked to Broadford Primary School with around 300 students, parents and teachers.
Ms Ryan said National Walk Safely to School Day was an annual event which promoted the health and environmental benefits of regularly walking to school, while also raising awareness of road and pedestrian safety.
“Current research suggests that one in four Australian children are overweight or obese and that figure is expected to reach one in three by 2020,” Ms Ryan said.
“In Mitchell Shire 56.3 per cent of the population are overweight or obese compared to 48.6 per cent in wider Victoria.
“Encouraging a more active lifestyle among young people is an important way to combat this growing problem and what better way than walking to school every day!”
Ms Ryan said the day also focused on pedestrian safety.
“Learning to walk to school safely is an equally important aspect of childhood development and National Walk to School Day is a great way to promote this,” Ms Ryan said.
“Students were enthusiastic about walking along Sunday Creek in the beautiful sunny weather and after we got to school I was given the opportunity for a tour.
“It was great to visit the classrooms and meet many of the schools passionate teaching staff.
“I encourage other schools in the Euroa electorate to take part in the day in the future,” Ms Ryan said.
For more information on National Walk to School Day 2015, visit: www.walk.com.au.