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Put pupils' feet first

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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PARENTS and schools in the UK are being urged to get behind a world-wide initiative this month to bring back the 'Walk to School'.

With one in three children obese by the time they leave primary school, parents could make a big difference to their children's health by simply introducing something that used to be normal for previous generations. Research by charity Living Streets, which runs the initiative here in the UK, shows that less than half of children walk to school.

Currently, less than one third of boys, and one quarter of girls, do the recommended 60 minutes of exercise per day, despite the mounting evidence of the health risks of sedentary behaviour.

But with 14 per cent of parents worried about potential dangers, there are plenty of barriers to stop them making the walk to school.

Living Streets, along with Start-rite Shoes, hopes to add to the 6,800 schools that have already signed up this year to raise awareness of the benefits of walking to school.

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