Parents 'should walk with pupils'

4th June 2004 at 01:00
Parents should regularly walk to school with their children to help them to overcome fears about playing outside, campaigners said this week.

Organisers of the National Walk to School Week, which ends today, said that the number of children walking to school has fallen to 54 per cent of pupils from a figure of 62 per cent in the late 1980s.Children would use up more calories walking to and from school each day than they would by taking part in the recommended two hours a week PE and school sport, they said.

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