Living Streets is encouraging schoolchildren to hit the streets and swap four wheels for two feet for National Walking Month in May.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to put their best feet forward during Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week, which are part of the national charity’s annual flagship event aimed at raising awareness of the many benefits of walking.
Living Streets champions pedestrians and campaigns for a safe, attractive streets where people want to walk. National Walking Month is an opportunity for people to give walking a go, at least for part of their journey.
Walk to School Week, from May 19-23, will encourage families to try the school run on foot and see how much less stressful and healthier it can be. There are Family Walking Challenges, a guide to setting up a Park and Stride scheme and tips and fun games make the most of the walk to school.
Living Streets’ chief executive Tony Armstrong said: “Walking just 20 minutes a day can help you lose a few pounds from your waistline, save a few pounds in your pocket and reduce your stress levels. “If everyone in England walked for just 20 minutes a day we would save 37,000 lives and save the economy billions of pounds.”
Visit http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/walk-to-school/walk-to-school-week-2014 for more information on how to take part.