National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is on Friday 17 May 2019. Now in its 20th year, the annual campaign and community event encourages all primary school children, their parents and carers to walk and commute regularly and safely to school.
The event seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.
Australian children are becoming less active. One substantial contributor is the decline in walking and/or taking public transport to school. Children who are regularly active are healthier, perform better academically and are less likely to be obese or overweight. Sedentary behaviour can lead to long-term and costly risks of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Walking regularly is the best exercise because you can build it into your daily routine.