Students put best foot forward learning to walk safely

PARENTS and children across Gladstone ditched their cars and travelled to school the old fashioned way for this year's National Walk Safely to School Day.

Boyne Island State School principal Michael Hurst said about half of his students either rode their bikes or walked to school last Friday.

"Walking and riding is a great way for students to increase their activity levels," Mr Hurst said.

"The number of students who ride or walk typically is decreasing across society, so it is good to raise awareness and promote it as an activity."

Students happily supported the initiative with far more choosing to walk to school instead of being driven.

Gladstone South State School's administration officer Mary Whyte said the aim of the event was to embrace a healthy lifestyle and show kindness to the environment.

She said added benefits of the event included reducing pollution and decreasing traffic congestion.

The Chiropractors' Association of Australia supports Walk Safely to School Day, which promotes active lifestyles.

"An active spine is a healthy spine and a healthy spine leads to a healthier life," chiropractor Dr Billy Chow said.

However, a national survey found 82% of people said there should be a limit on the weight of school bags, with 68% of parents worried about the weight of the bag their child carries.

Dr Chow urged school children to carry less than 10% of their body weight.



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