Help children to walk and cycle to school
Now that millions of pupils have gone back to school, we call on the government to get more children walking and cycling the school journey.
Currently, a portion of the “sugar tax” is set to fund an extra half-hour of physical exercise a day. We believe the government can build on this and strengthen its forthcoming cycling and walking investment strategy at the same time.
Specifically, it can do this by committing the unallocated proceeds from the sugar tax towards enabling every child throughout the country to walk or cycle to school.
Almost a third of those aged two to 15 are overweight or obese. In addition to diet, another reason for childhood obesity is a lack of physical activity with just one in five children sufficiently active to stay healthy.
At present, less than 2% of young people will make the school journey by bike, and only about 41% will walk. Both these figures are on the decline.
The walk or cycle to school is a great way to build physical activity into a daily routine and will also help reduce air pollution and improve road safety.
During the Olympics, the government showed what can be achieved through substantial investment in sport. Now let us invest in more than just gold medals, by funding the health and prosperity of our next generation.
Author: The Guardian
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