Schools step up for healthy pro­mo­tion

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SIMONE KERWIN sker­win@ ne­me­

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. walk­ 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

PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

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.

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