SCHOOL children are using the WoW factor to improve their health.
St Teresa’s RC Primary School in Hartlepool has adopted national charity Living Streets’ WoW (Walk Once a Week) scheme.
The scheme aims to encourage pupils to walk to school more often, and those who do so at least once a week will receive a collectable badge each month.
St Teresa’s is the first Hartlepool school this year to launch a WoW scheme, and it is set to be closely followed by Grange Primary School, Springwell School and Owton Manor Primary School.
The schools will be working with Sally Fixter, from Living Streets, who is based within Hartlepool Borough Council’s Road Safety Team as part of a joint initiative to promote walking that is being funded by the Government’s Local Sustainable Travel Fund, and the council’s sustainable travel officer Robert Snowball.
It is also being held to mark International Walk to School Month.
Ms Fixter said: “Under half of UK children now walk to school, while the number of children being driven to school has doubled in the last 20 years.
“Walking to school regularly is a fantastic way to help children reach the recommended daily 60 minutes of physical activity.
“It’s an opportunity for parents and carers to spend some quality time with their children and it’s kinder to the environment too.
“I am delighted that St Teresa’s have launched their own Walk Once a Week scheme and I look forward to working in a similar way with other schools across the town.”
To mark the launch of its new WoW scheme, St Teresa’s received a visit from Strider, Living Streets’ Walk to School mascot.