“Improve air quality, improve safety and get in those extra steps!” – Eastleigh MP & Sports Minister Mims Davies highlights the benefits of walking to school

Today the Member of Parliament for Eastleigh and Minister for Sport, Mims Davies, highlighted the benefits of walking to school on Walk to School Week 2019, which draws to a close tomorrow.

Every day hundreds of thousands of children walk to school alongside their mums, dads, nan or grandad, or even just with their friends, often without realising the huge benefit it has on their health, on improving safety on roads around local schools, and on air quality.

Commenting, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies said:

“I am delighted to have supported Walk to School Week. We all know how busy – and stressful! - the roads can be at school drop-off and pick-up time around our schools. However, by walking our kids to school we can reduce that while improving air quality, safety on the roads around our schools, as well as our family’s physical and mental health.

“I am really proud that in our area many schools working alongside Hampshire County Council and others have already held great initiatives encouraging people to walk to school and I would like to congratulate all of those involved in bringing forward schemes such as Park and Stride and science projects like those carried out by students at Fair Oak Junior School, which saw students working to improve air quality around their school.

“Having visited local schools recently I know how passionate students across our area feel about improving the air that we breathe and environment around them, and walking to school is a great way to achieve it!”