Active transportation to school – walking or cycling to get to and from school– has long been known to be an important source of physical activity for children. However, many of today’s parents drive their children to school because they think that it is safe and convenient. Car traffic is linked to more traffic collisions, more greenhouse gas emissions and an overall decrease in children’s levels of physical activity.;
Did you know?
- If children walked for all trips of less than one kilometer, they would take an average of 2,238 additional steps per day.
- Just 1/3 of Canadian children and youth walk or cycle to school
- Only 7% of 5-11 year olds in Canada meet the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth.
- Children and youth are more at risk for the health effects of poor air quality due to car emissions than adults
- Help children meet daily physical activity guidelines
- Allow you and your children to spend more time together
- Provide you with an opportunity to teach your children about safety skills
- Save you money
- Improve your mood
- Make our streets safer and cleaner
Promote walking to school
How Toronto Public Health can help you Promote Walking to School
Toronto Public Health can work with your school community to develop active transportation programs. Public Health Nurses can help reinforce knowledge gained from curriculum resources and help to promote physical activity messages to children and youth. Contact us at 416-338-7600.