Local children and families will today put their feet first and take part in National Walk Safely to School Day.
The annual event raises awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking can provide.
It comes as figures reveal 1 in 4 Australian children are overweight or obese with that set to rise to nearly 1 in 3 children as early as next year.
Chairman of the Pedestrian Council, Harold Scruby, is encouraging us to park the car and head to school by foot.
“One of the big problems in rural areas you don't have public transport and you have to drive your children to school but in doing so you take them away from physical activity.
“Try stopping a kilometer from the school, it's far quicker to park, you'll get exercise, they'll get exercise, they all feel better and they'll perform far better at school as a result.” said Scruby.
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