Boyne Island State School Year 3 students Jack Holt, 8, Sally Vagg, 7, and Luke Pfeiffer, 8, enjoy bike riding.
Boyne Island State School Year 3 students Jack Holt, 8, Sally Vagg, 7, and Luke Pfeiffer, 8, enjoy bike riding. Luka Kauzlaric

Kids praised for ditching the lift and pedalling to school

DITCH the lift and jump on a bike. That's the message from Thursday's Ride 2 School Day, which has gained support from schools around the region.

Organiser and Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson congratulated every student who rode or walked to school today.

"Gladstone is increasingly suffering from traffic congestion at school drop-off and pick-up times, with added pressure to the road network as too many kids start the day with a trip in mum's or dad's taxi," he said.

"Children who have ridden or walked to school are more independent and alert and less likely to suffer obesity."

Cancer Council Queensland's Katie Clift encouraged families to celebrate the occasion by pledging to incorporate more physical activity into the school week.

"At least one-third of all cancers are preventable through lifestyle adjustments including eating a healthy diet, being physically active, reducing alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight," she said.

"Helping our children create healthy, active lifestyles from a young age is imperative in improving their health for the long term.

Ms Clift encouraged parents to seize opportunities to help children move more, whether that is walking or riding to school, sports or visiting parks.

"Many schools encourage children to get involved in a variety of sports and activities, and to play traditional outdoor games like tag, hopscotch and tug-of-war to get moving.

"We encourage all Gladstone locals to help reduce their cancer risk by making simple lifestyle changes - many don't realise they can personally take steps to reduce their overall risk.

"National Ride 2 School Day is a great initiative to help Gladstone children get moving and hopefully creating habits to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives."



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