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.”