Local school backing healthy initiative


October is celebrated as International Walk to School Month and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents to do the school run on foot and start to feel the benefits for both them and their children.

Supporting the PHA’s message during International Walk to School Month, Alison Lindsay, Principal of Carrick Primary School, said: “Since taking up the post as Principal on 1 September it has been lovely to see so many children walking to and from school with their friends or as a family.

“This is a great free way to ensure children are active on a daily basis and they’re exercising without realising it. I have observed children chatting with friends and families having great social interaction as they walk and in an era of technology this very important.

“Children who walk to school are more alert during the day in class. The health benefits of lifting your mood, making your heart stronger and helping you sleep better cannot be ignored.”

For further information on the benefits of walking and tips and hints to get started visit the PHA’s websites www.choosetolivebetter.com and www.getalifegetactive.com