Schools step up for healthy promotion
A $10,000 grant from Vic Health will help five local organisations encourage children and families to be more active this October.
The Rural City of Wangaratta, Wangaratta YMCA, Northeast Health Wangaratta, Gateway Health and GOTAFE Wangaratta have formed a partnership that will work with the district’s primary schools to deliver a range of activities encouraging more families to walk, ride or scoot to school.
Jaime Carroll, Rural City of Wangaratta director community wellbeing, said Vic Health’s Walk to School program was a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active and learn healthy habits for life.
“We are delighted to be part of this important initiative, and will provide local school children with access to a wide range of active outdoor activities available in the local area, through an exclusive ‘VIP all access pass’ provided to all registered children.
“Additionally, each week of the program the schools will receive a box of fruit and vegetables to share among Walk to School participants.
“This year, we are also adding the opportunity for rural schools to have a GOTAFE sports activity session or a YMCA yoga or Vive class at their school.
“We are thrilled to be providing local school kids with so many options to experience healthy activities, as well as walking to and from school.”
Thirteen local schools took part in Walk to School month last year, and 19 have already registered for 2017.
“We’d love to see more families walking, scooting or riding in the Rural City of Wangaratta, to help local kids get active and build healthy habits, confidence and friendships,” Ms Carroll said.
Local schools participating in Walk to School will receive certificates to celebrate their students’ achievements, and will be in the running for a series of prizes provided by Vic Health.
Schools interested in taking part are encouraged to register at www. walktoschool.vic.gov.au and then make contact with the Wangaratta YMCA to set up their involvement in the program.
“We’d love to see more families walking, scooting or riding in the Rural City of Wangaratta... - Jaime Carroll
THESE SHOES ARE MADE FOR WALKING…TO SCHOOL: Our Lady’s Primary School students Molly Garoni and Noah Fitzgerald are all set for an active October as part of the Walk to School program.