Did you know that just 33% of children and youth in Peel walk to school yet 67% live within two kilometers? Walking is the simplest form of physical activity. Promote and support students’ participation in walking to school and home from school.
Benefits for Children
The more active children and youth are earlier on, the better chance they have of developing life long physical activity behaviours into adulthood. Physical fitness levels are linked to positive health outcomes, such as:
Walking also allows students to learn more about their neighbourhoods, socialize with friends, gain independence and most importantly, have fun!
Benefits for Your School
Benefits for Parents
For information on how your school can participate in walking to school programs or initiatives contact your school health nurse 905-799-7700.
For additional information and resources visit Green Communities Canada: Active and Safe Routes to School.
For information on pedestrian safety visit Parachute Canada.
Elementary students share their experiences about walking to and from school and why they would encourage their peers to do the same.
Video Part 1: Stepping It Up: Kids Say Walking to School is Healthy, Fun and good for the Environment.
School Travel Planning Edition
Parents, Teachers and School Administrators describe how to incorporate walking and biking strategies into the school community and why they would encourage other school communities to do the same.
Video Part 2: Stepping it Up: How to Get Active on the Trip to School through School Travel Planning
Join up with another teacher and take both classes out together. When you’re walking as a group, remember to:
Whether walking to school on their own or as part of a program at school, remind kids to:
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Revised: Thursday September 26 2013