Walk to school scheme is a wow with Gorebridge pupils

PICTURE BY GARETH EASTON PHOTOGRAPHY 07752 666 522.'===============FREE TO USE======================'Midlothian primary school pupils met with the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robsion, as they celebrate the strides they are making in leading healthier lives.'As International Walk to School Month gets underway, the active pupils from St Andrew's Primary in Gorebridge who have successfully taken part in the Walk Once a Week scheme (WOW) will be rewarded for their efforts. 'Supported by the Scottish Government and run by national charity Living Streets, 17 schools and thousands of children across Scotland are taking part in the WOW initiative this year in a bid to get more children walking and meeting the recommended 60 minute target for daily physical activity.'PICTURED TAKING A WALK WITH SHONA ROBISON ARE ST ANDREW'S PRIMARY PUPILS: (LTO R) JOSH SESSIONS, KATIE BRENNAN. MORGAN LOGHRIE AND  EVAN FLEMING
PICTURE BY GARETH EASTON PHOTOGRAPHY 07752 666 522.'===============FREE TO USE======================'Midlothian primary school pupils met with the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robsion, as they celebrate the strides they are making in leading healthier lives.'As International Walk to School Month gets underway, the active pupils from St Andrew's Primary in Gorebridge who have successfully taken part in the Walk Once a Week scheme (WOW) will be rewarded for their efforts. 'Supported by the Scottish Government and run by national charity Living Streets, 17 schools and thousands of children across Scotland are taking part in the WOW initiative this year in a bid to get more children walking and meeting the recommended 60 minute target for daily physical activity.'PICTURED TAKING A WALK WITH SHONA ROBISON ARE ST ANDREW'S PRIMARY PUPILS: (LTO R) JOSH SESSIONS, KATIE BRENNAN. MORGAN LOGHRIE AND EVAN FLEMING

GOREBRIDGE children and a Scottish Minister have set the pace for a new walking initiative. Pupils at St Andrew’s Primary School showed Shona Robison the strides they’re making in leading healthier lives during International Walk to School Month.

The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport visited the village last week and saw their commitment to walking to and from school through the Walk Once a Week scheme (WOW) run by national charity Living Streets.

As part of the Take Life On campaign, children in Scotland are being encouraged to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer later in life.

Teacher Maureen Dickson confirmed pupils were getting the walking bug: “The scheme seems to have caught the imagination of the children, who get badges each month if they walk to school once a week. We do have parents from outwith the area who bring their children to school by car, but they now have the opportunity to make a special effort to allow them to walk or at least ‘park and stride’ to school.”