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Get ready: Walk to School month starts Monday 9 October

5 Oct 2017

Walk to School month kicks off next week to coincide with students returning to school for the beginning of term four.
 
Whitehorse Councillor Ben Stennett said Walk to School month this year would run from Monday 9 October to Friday 3 November.

“Council teams each year with VicHealth to work with local primary schools during this annual event and encourages families to take part. The event gets students walking, riding or scooting to and from school as often as possible during the Walk to School event as part of adopting a healthy lifestyle,” Cr Stennett said.

The campaign is also an opportunity for the community to discover that active travel is easy and gives students the chance to discuss road rules/safe walking as they travel. Students who walk to and from school with family members get the chance to chat and share observations about the world around them.

“Using active travel to get to and from school – by foot, by bike or by scooter – also helps students achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day that research shows they need for maintaining physical health,” Cr Stennett said.

And remember: Part way is ok! If you can’t walk all the way, why not park the car a few blocks from school and walk, ride or scoot the rest of the way?

Council and VicHealth are offering schools a reward for participating in Walk to School Month. They can choose from a $300 voucher to host a healthy breakfast, $300 worth of sporting equipment or $300 worth of healthy breakfast packs.

Council will also present the Golden Shoe trophy to the school with the highest percentage of students who walk, cycle, skate or scoot to school during October, and students involved in Walk to School 2017 will receive a certificate of participation from VicHealth.

For more information and details about registering a participating school, visit 
www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Walk-to-School.html





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