Northmead Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School in collaboration with Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and the City of Parramatta have introduced ‘Walking Wednesdays’ to promote physical activity.
Students have designed three routes with designated starting points.
The safe pathways encourage students to walk a short distance to school.
WSLHD Population Health deputy director Christine Newman said it was one of many projects to encourage active travel to and from school.
“We are delighted with the response from the school and support from council on this project,” Christine said.
“Walking to and from school is a great way for students to socialise and keep active.
“There is so much research which shows the positive results physical activity has on adolescents and most people of all ages.”
Northmead CAPA High School principal Narelle Vazquez said she was very proud of the student-led initiative.
“Students in years 9 – 12 determined the walking routes and designed the stickers which display the distance to school as well as inspiration,” Narelle said.
“All students should be commended for their vision and commitment to making active and healthy living a reality.
“We have received some positive comments from students of all ages reducing traffic on the roads, walking to school wakes you up as well as the benefits of exercising.”
The starting points begin at Moxham Park, Hammers Road and on the corner of Caprera Road and Grasmere Avenue.
For further information about this project, visit: http://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/population-health-services/home