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School children prepare to ‘Beat the Street’

Young people at nine schools in Waltham Forest are hoping to walk, cycle or scoot their way to success as they gear up to take part in a fun and free exercise competition called Beat the Street.



The competition, which runs across Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham, sees ‘beat boxes’ positioned throughout the four boroughs for young people to use in order to log their activity. They do so by tapping a competition card or fob on the machine as they walk, cycle, or scoot past – earning points for themselves and their team.



Last year, Waltham Forest triumphed in the competition, with St Joseph’s Junior School, in Leyton, covering a team distance of more than 15,000 miles and finishing top of the leader board ahead of all other participating schools.



And to start the competition off in style this year, Waltham Forest Council’s public health team is hosting a launch event in collaboration with Leytonstone’s Jenny Hammond Primary School on Thursday 9 June. There will be games and competitions organised by Beat the Street, with the opportunity for schools to win bonus points to boost their scores.



Jenny Hammond Primary School – last year’s runners-up out of the participating Waltham Forest schools – will also be screening a film about its experience in last year’s competition.



Cllr Ahsan Khan, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are absolutely committed to helping our schools improve health and wellbeing amongst their communities, and encouraging staff and parents to ditch the car and walk or cycle to school is very much part of this.



“By creating active school environments through initiatives like Beat the Street, we hope to encourage more people to make small changes to their daily routine that will ultimately lead to improvements in their health.”



The last two months have seen a flurry of activity around the Healthy Schools London Programme in Waltham Forest. The Programme aims to help the capital’s children stay healthy and happy as they grow up by inviting schools that can demonstrate their efforts to promote wellbeing to join an awards scheme.



The borough currently has 56 schools signed up to the programme, with 25 bronze and five silver awards. Recently Thorpe Hall Primary School and Willowfield Humanities College, in Walthamstow, achieved silver awards, and Barn Croft Primary School, also in Walthamstow, and Jenny Hammond Primary School secured bronze awards.



Learn more about Beat the Street. For more information about Healthy Schools London visit www.healthyschoolslondon.org.uk

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