School run

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2012
Reference: 
2012/3196
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you accept that the habit of driving children to school is harmful to their health?

Answer

Answer for School run

Answer for School run

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Physical activity levels among Londoners, adults and children, are not as high as they should be. Physical activity helps to prevent a range of poor health outcomes including cardiovascular disease, poor mental health, obesity and some cancers. We know that the best way for people to lead physically active lives is by incorporating activity into their daily routines such as walking and cycling for short and medium length journeys. Many children and young people in London live within walking distance of their school and this provides a great opportunity for parents and children to be more physically active and spend quality time together. Children need at least an hour of physical activity per day and walking to school can contribute towards that, also children need to minimise the amount of time in sedentary activities such as sitting in a car for prolonged periods. Children who are physically active are likely to benefit from healthy growth and development and are less likely to be overweight or obese. I support a range of initiatives to improve the walkability of London and promote walking to school to enable Londoners to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines and improve their health. I would encourage all parents and carers who feel that they can to support their children in walking to school whenever possible.