Pupils learn of health benefits of walking to school

Pupils get ready to set off for an inter-school walk from Paradykes to Loanhead Primary
Pupils get ready to set off for an inter-school walk from Paradykes to Loanhead Primary

Children, including pupils from Paradykes Primary, Loanhead, took to the streets recently for Walk to School Week 2015 – a campaign organised by Living Streets and Midlothian Council .

The theme for this year’s Walk to School Week, which asks children, parents and teachers to leave their cars at home, was the health benefits of walking to school.

The Paradykes pupils agreed eating plenty of fruit and vegetables gave them plenty of energy for their daily walk to school.

The council supported Walk to School Week by offering schools wall charts, stickers and posters to promote the event. Some schools held special assemblies to highlight the health benefits of walking to their pupils.

It also hosted inter-school walking events with the help of the walk to school mascot, Strider.

During these events school staff accompanied pupils as they walked to neighbouring schools, using it as a great chance to talk about how many steps taken, calories expended and how best to eat healthily.