Best feet for­ward

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - By CORAL COOKSLEY

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.

HEALTHY STEPS: Beech­worth Pri­mary School’s Clau­dia Nell is look­ing for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in VicHealth’s ‘Walk to School’ pro­gram next month.

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