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Stepping towards a healthier school run; Cumbernauld school pupils take part in Walk to School Week

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 14:41 GMT on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD children attending Cumbernauld Primary and St Andrew's Primary and Nursery Class are to receive free resources from the Living Streets charity as part of this year’s National Walking Month.

North Lanarkshire Council have announced that they are supporting the national Walk to School Week, between 20th and 24th May; a Week which is part of National Walking Month, and initiative run by the Living Streets charity.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of the benefits of walking to school, and how it keeps pupils and parents fit and healthy; being a fun activity, as well as reducing the number of cars at the school gates, it improves road safety and reduces pollution.

"We want to get more people out of their cars and doing the school run on foot," Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee commented.


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Throughout the week, North Lanarkshire Council’s Road Safety Team will be out and about promoting activities that teach children about the health, safety, social and environmental aspects of walking more. 

Cllr Coyle added: "Feedback from teachers indicates that pupils who walk to school are more attentive in class, and parents who walk their children find the journey to school less stressful, their petrol bill reduces and they feel fitter and healthier. So walking really does help everyone.

"Even if you can't walk the whole way to school, why not park and stride? Park the car at a distance from school and walk the rest of the way. Another practical idea is for parents to take turns to walk a small group of friends to and from school.

"I hope that more pupils and parents will be encouraged by Walk to School Week to take the first steps to a healthier and safer school run."


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