Walk to school pro­gram

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

At­ten­tion all pri­mary stu­dents — it’s time to lace up your shoes and get on your feet.

VicHealth’s Walk to School pro­gram will stroll into town this Oc­to­ber, and Mitchell Shire Coun­cil has teamed up with lo­cal pri­mary schools to de­liver a range of ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age fam­i­lies to walk, ride or scoot to school.

Thanks to a $20 000 grant from VicHealth, this year Coun­cil is in­tro­duc­ing new Walk to School maps for three of the shire’s pri­mary schools — to be an­nounced soon.

The maps will de­tail safe drop-off points, where stu­dents can then walk the rest of the way to school.

The pop­u­lar Pe­dome­ter Chal­lenge, where peo­ple are en­cour­aged to walk as many steps as pos­si­ble through­out the month, will also be a part of the cam­paign.

‘‘The Walk to School pro­gram has so many health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits — stu­dents get­ting ac­tive and learn­ing healthy habits for life — but it also gives them the chance to spend some qual­ity time con­nect­ing with their fam­ily and friends while they walk to class,’’ Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said.

‘‘Coun­cil is de­lighted to once again sup­port the Walk to School ini­tia­tive and strongly en­cour­ages stu­dents and their fam­i­lies to par­tic­i­pate in this free, easy and fun cam­paign.’’

VicHealth chief ex­ec­u­tive Jer­ril Rechter said last year more than 144 000 chil­dren from more than 750 schools took park in Walk to School.

‘‘To­gether they walked more than 2.2 mil­lion km — the equiv­a­lent of walk­ing al­most 55 times around the world,’’ Ms Rechter said.

Not only is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Walk to School and the Pe­dome­ter Chal­lenge a great way to en­cour­age reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, there are some great prizes up for grabs in­clud­ing:

A $150 Coles or Wool­worths voucher to spend on a healthy morn­ing tea or break­fast for the first three pri­mary schools in Mitchell Shire to reg­is­ter for Walk to School.

A Fit­Bit for the male and fe­male stu­dent that walks the most steps dur­ing the Pe­dome­ter Chal­lenge.

A $300 Rebel voucher for the school that tal­lies the most steps dur­ing Walk to School.

A $50 Rebel voucher for the School Cham­pion at each school who in­puts Walk to School and Pe­dome­ter Chal­lenge data each week.

To reg­is­ter for the Walk to School pro­gram, visit www.walk­toschool.vic.gov.au

More de­tails on the Pe­dome­ter Chal­lenge and how to reg­is­ter will be avail­able shortly.

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