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Nearly 9,000 York school pupils set to take Walk to School week in their stride

Twenty eight York schools and over 8,800 pupils across the city are set to take part in Walk to School Week from Monday 10 October which aims to encourage even more children to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

The school that gets the highest number of pupils walking, cycling or scooting throughout the week will win the coveted Jack Archer award and £200 to put towards sports equipment.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “Walk to School Week is always a popular campaign around the city as it provides a great opportunity for pupils, parents and teachers to look at how they travel to school and the benefits that walking can bring, such as pupils being more alert in the classroom. This also helps towards the sixty minutes of recommended daily exercise.”

‘Scoot to School’ day will also take place on Wednesday 12 October. To encourage students to scoot the school with the highest percentage of pupils who scoot to school on that day will win a Scooter Pod worth £300 donated by CyclePod.

It is recommended that children aged five to sixteen do at least sixty  minutes of physical activity that gets their heart beating faster than usual and they need to do it everyday to burn off calories and prevent them storing up excess fat in the body.

Regular activity is also important for adults and it is recommended that adults make sure they’re active for just 30 minutes each day, or 150 minutes a week.

The scheme is also targeted at families who normally take the car, and encourages them to consider walking or cycling to school instead.