[singlepic id=148 w=320 h=240 float=left]Kids will strap on their sneakers instead of their seatbelts as they hit the streets this Friday 7 May to take part in Walk Safely to School Day 2010.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt will set the example and participate in the national Walk at Gordonvale State School.

Mr Pitt said this was a wonderful opportunity for local families to encourage their children to walk safely to school to help them develop good exercise habits from an early age.

“Walking is great because it doesn’t require any equipment except a pair of shoes and a positive attitude, and that’s all anyone needs to take part in Walk Safely to School Day this Friday,” Mr Pitt said.

“Walk Safely to School Day is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia and is aimed at primary school children, their parents and carers to raise awareness about road safety and fitness.

“It is a great opportunity for communities to get involved and get active and aligns with the State Government’s Q2 targets for Queenslanders to become Australia’s healthiest people.

[singlepic id=145 w=320 h=240 float=left]“It is also a good opportunity for parents and carers to teach their children about road safety and safe pedestrian behaviour as well as promote the sun safe message.”

Last year, more than 123 schools joined the program and thousands of young students across Queensland walked to school in the autumn sunshine.

“This year I would encourage even more school communities across the State to get involved and promote walking safely to school as a fun and healthy way to travel,” Mr Pitt said.

For more information about Walk Safely to School Day visit www.walk.com.au.

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