Kildare County Council says plans in the works for 'Walk to School' initiative

Calls for improvements to the physical, social and emotional health of children

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Kildare County Council says plans in the works for 'Walk to School' initiative

Kildare County Council has confirmed it is currently working with schools to set up a 'Walk to School' initiative to encourage children to be physically active.

Cllr Brian Dooley requested at the Athy Municipal District meeting that the council should promote a 'Mile A Day' for September for all primary school students.

The aim of ‘Mile a Day’ or the ‘Daily Mile’ is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and well-being of children. The 'Mile a Day' or 'Daily Mile' project is a social physical activity, with children running or jogging at their own
pace.

"This “MAD” month would pilot a programme of fitness and well being of all our children," said Cllr Dooley.

In response, Kildare County Council said that its Road Safety Officer is currently working with schools on a 'Walk to
School' initiative, which differs from the above initiative.

They said that most of the planned activities will take place in school grounds or in the vicinity of the schools.