STUDENTS GIVE URGENT LESSON
WITH our weight problems going off the charts — more than 60 per cent of Australians range from overweight to obese — local children voted with their feet as part of VicHealth’s Walk to School program during October.
Supported by Heathcote and District Community Bank Branch the program encouraged students and their families to get active and walk, ride or scoot to school.
Bank manager Michael Prowse said VicHealth’s Walk to School program was a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active and learn healthy habits for life.
“Bendigo Bank was proud to get behind this important initiative at a corporate level and as a community bank we are committed to helping our community thrive through supporting local kids to get active and build healthy habits, confidence and friendships,” Mr Prowse said.
Heathcote Primary, Redesdale Mia Mia Primary and Axedale Primary all took part.
These schools will receive certificates to celebrate their students’ achievements, and are in the running for a series of prizes provided by VicHealth.
Heathcote Primary Principal Kate Ballantyne said participation numbers have increased — and that’s a good sign for future health.
“This year we’ve seen an increase in families walking, riding or scooting in our local community with around half of our students taking part,” Ms Ballantyne said.
VicHealth chief executive Jerril Rechter said each year the walk to school program continued to grow with more schools taking part with fantastic results.
“Last year more than 144,000 kids from more than 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.
“Our partnership with Bendigo Bank will see even more local kids getting active as they travel to and from school.
“Walk to school is an annual 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 children to walk, ride or scoot to and from school throughout October each year and build healthy habits for life. Find out more about walk to school at www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au
Heathcote Primary students took part in VicHealth's walk to school month recently.