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Fewer kids are walking or cycling to school

We know that being active is healthy, especially for kids, but fewer and fewer children are walking to school.

This may be due to kids going to school far from home, traffic concerns, or the fear of ‘stranger danger’. 

But VicHealth’s Rayoni Nelson told Tom Elliott the health benefits of regularly getting to school actively outweigh the potential risks.

‘Parents are best placed to judge how their child gets to school,’ Ms Nelson said.

‘62% of parents with 6-18 year olds want their kids to walk, ride, or scoot to school more frequently, so it’s a good sign that there is the understanding of the importance of walking to school.’

VicHealth is behind the Walk To School campaign, which encourages kids to walk to school throughout the month of October.

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