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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Walking to school better for health and environment

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Friday, May 02, 2008

    Walking to school better for health and environment

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford joined with Ferny Grove State School students today to help them “Walk Safely to School”.

    Walk Safely to School Day is an annual, national event when primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school.

    “Walking to school has enormous benefits for the health of students and our environment,” Mr Welford said.

    “Regular exercise is a great habit for students to incorporate into their daily lifestyle and walking or riding their bikes to school is a great way to do this.

    “It’s also good news for our environment and traffic congestion if more students are walking to and from school because we’ll take more cars off the road that otherwise would be picking up or dropping off students at school.”

    Mr Welford said he understood parents had concerns about the safety of their children when they were walking to school.

    “That’s why Walk Safely to School Day is a great idea where mum or dad can walk with their children to school and teach them how to get there safely,” he said.

    “They can reinforce with them safe pedestrian behaviour, how walking in a group is safer than walking alone and what to do if they are approached by a stranger.

    “I used to walk to school as a child and I can strongly recommend the physical, mental and social health benefits of regular walking.”

    Mr Welford said all Queensland students were being encouraged to be more active this year as part of the Year of Physical Activity.

    Year of Physical Activity ambassador Nitro from children’s TV show “The Shak” and Nova radio personality David “Luttsy” Lutteral joined the Minister and students from Ferny Grove State School to celebrate Walk Safely to School Day.

    The school was one of more than 80 Queensland schools registered as a participant in Walk Safely to School Day and joined up to 8000 schools around the country.

    Schools from the Torres Strait to Longreach and Dirranbandi participated today.

    Media contact: Marnie Stitz or Emma Clarey on 3237 1000