We’re calling on parents and pupils alike to mark Walk to School Week by signing up to Just Walk to help raise money for life saving heart research.
Just Walk invites teachers, parents and children to put their best foot forward and challenge themselves to walk to school each day for a week from Monday 16 May.
Not only is walking a great way to start the day, it also encourages a healthy heart for children and parents.
Each day, an average of 12 babies are born with a heart defect.
Every stride and every pound raised from Just Walk will help us fund vital research so that more children will grow up to become adults and lead full, active lives.
Lisa Young, our Physical Activity specialist said: “Whether you choose to walk to school one day or every day during Walk to School Week, it might help kick start better habits to encourage your school or family to keep heart healthy.
‘Walking is a great way to keep active as it is fun, flexible and free. You can take the walk at your own pace and it’s an easy way to raise money for vital heart research that can help save lives.”