Best feet forward
BUILDING healthy habits for life is at the heart of a Victorian government-funded program for Indigo primary school children and their families next month.
‘Walk to School’ encourages students to walk, ride or scoot between home and class.
Indigo mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said the program was a free, easy and enjoyable way for children to be active.
“Indigo is delighted to be part of this important initiative for families,” she said.
The council, Beechworth Health Service and Indigo North Health will be working with local primary schools on activities.
VicHealth chief executive Jerril Rechter said each year the ‘Walk to School’ program continued to develop.
“Last year there were more than 144,000 students (participating) from over 750 schools across Victoria,” she said.
“Together they walked more than 2.2 million kilometres – the equivalent of walking almost 55 times around the world.”
Certificates and prizes will be awarded to participating primary schools to celebrate student achievements.
Indigo primary schools can contact ‘Walk To School’ project officer Emily Smith at emily.smith.@bhs.hume.org.au to find out more, or visit www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au.