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Over 7,000 pupils set to take Walk to School Week in their stride

Twenty five York schools and over 7,000 pupils across the city are set to take part in Walk to School Week from Monday 16 October.

Walk to school week aims to get even more children walking, cycling or scooting 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 a great opportunity for pupils, parents and carers to look at the way they travel to school and the benefits that walking can bring, such as pupils being more alert in the classroom. The week is always popular with a good competition between the schools and I hope even more people will take part this year.”

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.