Kids want to walk to school - not drive

Thu, 19 May 2011 10:33:00 +1000

LESS than half of Australian primary school children who live within 15 minutes of school now walk there - even though they'd like to, news.com.au is reporting.

Doting parents, convinced their children want to be driven, are instead taking them by car, according to a study by Deakin University.

But this Friday May 20 will be different, as thousands of students use hoof power as part of Walk Safely to School Day.

The university’s Professor Boyd Swinburn said the initiative – now in its 12th year – was important given the obesity epidemic swamping Australian children.

“Most of the diseases in adulthood are related to lifestyle including lack of physical activity. So if we’re bringing up the next generation of children to be sedentary, then they become sedentary adults and that flows on to developing these chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes,” he said.


Professor Boyd Swinburn
Professor Boyd Swinburn
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  • The university's Professor Boyd Swinburn said the initiative - now in its 12th year - was important given the obesity epidemic swamping Australian children.
  • Doting parents, convinced their children want to be driven, are instead taking them by car, according to a study by Deakin University.
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