Walk To School Week
Walk to School Week is primarily to promote healthy habits in students. But one of the major benefits of walking to school is the reduction in air and noise pollution from all those cars driving to school/college. Walk to School Week “is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all.“
One of the largest controllable contributors to CO2 emissions is the use of personal vehicles, particularly if they are older models that are not as environmentally friendly. Perhaps it’s not possible to walk to college, but maybe it is possible to walk to your local town, to the shop, to a friend’s house, or to the local park. Before automatically hopping in the car, consider different options for getting where you need or want to go this week.
Walk to School Week is also designed to extend beyond the week itself, by encouraging healthy habits for life with a focus on exercise, diet and wellbeing. There are many health benefits to walking:
- Exercise helps develop strong bones and increase muscle strength. It also tones the whole body.
- Walking gets the heart pumping, which can help improve cognitive function for lessons throughout the school day.
- Walking helps to improve mood. Getting outdoors and making the most of natural daylight makes for a positive start to the day.
- When walking to college, students can relax and let off steam before you head into the classroom to learn.