Campaspe Shire Council

07/24/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/23/2017 17:15

Walk to school program

24 July, 2017 - Media release

Campaspe Shire children and families are encouraged to get active this October by taking part in VicHealth's Walk to School program.

Campaspe Shire Council will work with local primary schools to deliver a range of activities encouraging more families to walk, ride or scoot to school this October thanks to a $10,000 grant from VicHealth.

Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said VicHealth's Walk to School program is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active and learn healthy habits for life.

'Council is pleased to be part of this important initiative and will promote active transport amongst local families with competitions and prizes and will celebrate the month with a healthy lunch. We will also work with participating schools in the developing an active transport map identifying routes to school and potential drop and walk zones,' Cr Weston said

'We'd love to see lots of families walking, scooting or riding to help local kids get active and build healthy habits, confidence and friendships.'

Local schools who participate in Walk to School will receive certificates to celebrate their students' achievements, and will be in the running for a series of prizes provided by VicHealth.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said each year the Walk to School program continues to grow with more and more schools taking part with fantastic results.

'Last year more than 144,000 kids from over 750 schools across Victoria took part in Walk to School. Together they walked more than 2.2 million kilometres - the equivalent of walking almost 55 times around the world,' Ms Rechter said.

'This year, we hope to see even more local kids getting active as they travel to and from school. If you can't walk all the way, there are many great opportunities to get involved and support your school. Try parking the car a few blocks from school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.

'VicHealth's Walk to School initiative is a fun, free way to get school kids active and help them build lifelong healthy habits. It's also a great way for parents and carers to enjoy some quality time with their kids.'

VicHealth's Walk to School program encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school throughout October and build healthy habits for life. Campaspe Shire council schools can contact Community Programs Coordinator, Stacy Williams on 5481 2870 to find out more about local Walk to School activities, or visit http://www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au for additional information.