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Pupils pound the pavement for National Walk Safely to School Day

STUDENTS from Corpus Christi Catholic School added a walk to their week when they participated in National Walk Safely to School Day recently.

Now in its 17th year, the community initiative raises awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking, especially to and from school, can provide for the long-term health of children.

Corpus Christi grade one teacher Karla Annear said the school held its event on Friday 27 May, with approximately 100 students and around 20 parents and siblings participating.

“We started at Winkleigh Place car park and walked along Kangaroo Bay to the new traffic lights at Alma Street,” she said.

“It was a lovely, cool morning, but we were happy to be walking together.”

Ms Annear said students enjoyed a healthy breakfast upon arrival, which was sponsored by Eastside Activity Centre, Your Path to Health, Banjos Shoreline and the school’s Parents and Friends Association.

“We ate yoghurt and fruit, cereal, and egg and bacon rolls,” she said.

“It was a great morning and we felt better for it.”

Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said children who were regularly physically active were healthier, performed better academically and were less likely to be obese or overweight, which could lead to the long-term and costly risks of heart disease and diabetes.

Caption: Corpus Christi Catholic School students, from left, Ryder Jones, Bridie Jones, Matilda Lockley, Ayzia McCarthy, Lucy Cooper and Charlotte Barnes, participating in National Walk Safely to School Day recently.