Encouragement to take part in Walk to School Week

NHS Tayside
NHS Tayside

NHS Tayside’s Paediatric Overweight Service (POST) is encouraging families across the region to get involved in Walk to School Week.

National Walk to School Week runs from May 19 to 23 and aims to get families out of cars and buses and on to the pavements.

Dr Laura Stewart, POST team lead, said: “Walking with your children to school is a positive and enjoyable activity. Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and the journey to and from school is an ideal time for children to be active. Parents who regularly walk with their children to school say that this is where they learn most about their child’s life, so it is a great opportunity to spend quality time with them.

“To use up the energy in a 200ml carton of orange juice, a child would need to walk at a moderate pace of 3mph for around 45 minutes or for as long as 1 hour 35 minutes to burn the energy from an average 45g bar of chocolate.”

POST offers free services to children aged between 2 and 15 years old who need support managing their weight. Details are available by telephoning 01738 473784, e-mailing post.tayside@nhs.net or at www.funfittayside.org.uk