Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Save over £30 a month by walking the kids to school and help in the fight against childhood obesity

New data shows that the average cost of the school run by car is up to £367 per primary school child per year*, which equates to over £30 a month, or £612 million for transporting all primary school children to school per year.

Research findings from the recent Change4Life ‘How are the Kids?’ survey* show that 45% of primary school children in London walk to school, whereas 23% are driven to school by car despite the fact that the average distance to primary schools remains at just over 1 mile an easily walk-able 20 minutes.

In the current economic climate, the £30 saved per month by a family walking to school instead of driving could go towards:
- Football training day for kids (£25)
- Children’s cookery workshop (£30)
- Family trip to the cinema for up to 4 people (up to £28)
- Monthly gym membership for mum or dad (£25.95 off peak)

National Walk to School Week (18th – 22nd May) coincides with the launch of Change4Life’s Walk4Life campaign, a whole month dedicated to encouraging families to walk more to help children reach their recommended daily 60 active minutes in the fight against childhood obesity.

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