Eastwood youngsters encouraged to take part in Walk to School Week
Families across Eastwood are being spurred on to help the environment and their health by walking to school next week.
Eastwood MP Lee Anderson has urged schools in the area to celebrate the strides they’ve made to improve air quality and get active by walking to school, as part of Walk to School Week (May 17 to 21).
The campaign encourages families to walk, wheel, cycle or scoot to school and see the big differences that come from small steps, from healthier and happier children to fewer cars outside the school gates.
Mr Anderson is an avid walker and lost more than two stone in weight since January due to his daily walks.
The MP is part of a Westminster Weight Watchers group made up of 35 MPs. The group recently joined pensions minister Guy Opperman in his ‘Ten for Ten’ challenge.
Opperman set the challenge to mark ten years since his emergency surgery for a brain tumour. It involved completing ten physical challenges for ten days to raise money for the charity.
Mr Anderson chose to walk ten miles a day for ten days.
Lee Anderson said: “Since walking, I have lost weight and have so much more energy. I get to clear my head, get fresh air and get fit all at the same time.
“When I heard about the Walk to School Week, I knew I wanted to get involved.
“Walking gives children the chance to enjoy fresh air and exercise.
“It reduces congestion, improves road safety and means we have cleaner air and less problem parking around schools.”
The MP has written to all primary schools in the area asking them to get involved and to share their stories with him.
Walk to School Week campaign founder Mary Creagh said: “The week is a fun, inclusive, free and simple activity, which improves the physical and mental wellbeing of children and celebrates walking for all.
“Pupils enjoy the health and happiness that comes from walking, while schools and local communities enjoy reduced congestion and pollution.
“We’re thrilled that families in the area are joining us this week and enjoying the fresh air, fun, freedom and friendship that walking to school brings.”