Getting the kids out the door and off to school in the morning can be a struggle. And most of us are guilty of jumping in the car when we’re running late. But next week (20-24 May) is Walk to School Week, and we challenge you to try and walk to school all week!

A generation ago 70% of us walked to school, but now it’s less than half, even though the benefits of walking are huge for the child and the environment.

Start the day right

17% of primary school leavers are obese. But walking to school improves mood, behaviour, learning, sleep, fitness, health, stress and anxiety. It’s a great way to start the day, and if you join up with some friends or play eye-spy on the way it’ll make travelling to school fun.

Good for the environment

Walking (instead of driving) reduces traffic and road congestion, promotes better air quality and decreases carbon emissions. You won’t have to pay for fuel (maybe the odd snack) so it will even save you money!

Stay safe

Teach your children road safety skills, if possible cross roads at crossings, and if you live in a rural area, walk in sturdy shoes.

We hope the new habit sticks! Let us know how you get on in the comments.