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Cumbria children put their best foot forward

[D]ear Editor,

Living Streets’ Walk to School Week is over for another year and we’d like to thank everyone in Cumbria who contributed to making it a massive success. Nearly 13,000 pupils from over 400 classrooms in Cumbria joined in with pupils across the UK to enjoy the many benefits of walking to school.

We know that schools become healthier and happier places when children walk to school. The Chief Medical Officer recommends that children are active for 60 minutes a day and walking to school is a free, accessible and easy way for children to contribute to this target.

Teachers tells us that pupils who walk are more alert and ready to learn than those who are driven, plus when children walk to school there is less congestion and pollution on local roads, making school gates a safer place.

Despite these benefits, the number of children walking to school is in decline with just 46 per cent of children making the journey on foot. At Living Streets, we are committed to reversing this decline and preventing the problems associated with inactivity, including childhood obesity. Walk to School Week is a great way to start so we’re really happy that so many pupils in Cumbria joined in.

Just because the week of celebration is over, it doesn’t mean families have to stop. We’re thrilled that schools across Cumbria already take part in WOW – our year-round walk to school challenge, so they can continue to experience the benefits of walking to school all year-round.

Once again, a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Walk to School Week – with your help we’ll get more children experiencing a healthy and happy walk to school.

Yours,

Joe Irvin

Chief Executive, Living Streets

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