Live Well Suffolk is urging children in the county to put on their walking shoes and take part in International Walk to School Day, which is taking place tomorrow (Wednesday, October 9).
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day and Live Well Suffolk is encouraging parents and children get involved.
Leaving the car at home and walking to school is an easy way for families to incorporate regular physical activity into their daily routines.
A brisk daily walk is one of the easiest ways to improve overall health – it provides an opportunity to get some fresh air, releases natural feel good hormones into the body and helps people to stay active.
Steven Lee-Foster, Director of Live Well Suffolk, said: “Walk to School Day is an easy way to encourage school children, young people and families to start introducing walking to school into their everyday life.
“Walking to and from school will not only improve basic fitness levels but it will also enable everyone to understand the importance of regular physical exercise, which is a key part in maintaining a healthy weight.
“It also contributes towards the recommended 60 minutes of activity that children and young people should be taking part in every day.”
Live Well Suffolk offers a range of information, guidance and support to help people take steps towards a healthier future, and the organisation runs a number of programmes which focus on physical activity and weight management.
For more information about Live Well Suffolk and the range of services they provide, visit www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk.