Encouraging kids to include physical activity as part of their daily routine can help establish healthy habits into adulthood.
To help students reach the recommended one hour of daily physical activity, look beyond the time spent at school. Students involved in Council’s Active School Travel program are supported to increase their students' activity levels. However, any school can encourage their students and families to leave the car at home.
Read our simple ideas to add more movement into daily school travel while creating a greener environment.
Leave the car behind
The 2018 Chief Health Officer report revealed only 41% of children were active for the recommended time each day. Walking to school is one of the easiest ways for students and families to increase their activity levels. It also helps to reduce emissions at the school gate. Regular walking can teach students road safety skills and allows kids to socialise by walking with other families. If families don’t live close enough to walk from home, they could park a further away from school and walk.
Get there on two wheels
If students are looking for a fun and fast way to travel, encourage them to jump on a scooter or bike. For parents, it’s easy to walk alongside a child as they ride. It’s legal to ride on footpaths in Queensland, so remind families to stick to the footpath, give way to pedestrians and wear a helmet.
Ride the bus or train
Catching public transport can provide students with a sense of independence. It also gives them a chance to be social with friends while on their journey. It's also a great opportunity to increase activity by walking to and from the bus or train station. Public transport can be up to four times cheaper than travelling by car. It's also a simple travel change families can make to contribute to cleaner air. As a classroom activity, ask students to explore public transport options from where they live to your school.