St Joseph’s kids walk­ing the walk

Mallee Jones and Cooper Row­lands ride their bikes as part of the last Walk to School morn­ing.

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By KIM­BER­LEY PRICE

LAST week stu­dents from St Joseph’s Pri­mary School in Rochester walked from Ro­tary Park to school with a CFA es­cort to mark the end of Walk to School month.

Once the stu­dents ar­rived at school they en­joyed a healthy break­fast in the hall.

The Cam­paspe Shire coun­cil works with lo­cal pri­mary schools to de­liver a range of ac­tiv­i­ties en­cour­ag­ing more fam­i­lies to walk, ride or scoot to school for the month.

Mayor Adrian We­ston said VicHealth’s Walk to School pro­gram is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get ac­tive and learn healthy habits for life.

“Coun­cil is pleased to be part of this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive

We love to see lots of fam­i­lies walk­ing, scoot­ing rid­ing.’ or

and will pro­mote ac­tive trans­port among lo­cal fam­i­lies,’’ he said.

‘‘We also work with par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in de­vel­op­ing an ac­tive trans­port map iden­ti­fy­ing routes to school and po­ten­tial drop and walk zones.

“We love to see lots of fam­i­lies walk­ing, scoot­ing or rid­ing to help lo­cal kids get ac­tive and build healthy habits, con­fi­dence and friend­ships.”

VicHealth chief ex­ec­u­tive Jer­ril Rechter said each year the Walk to School pro­gram con­tin­ues to grow, with more and more schools tak­ing part with fan­tas­tic re­sults.

“Last year more than 144,000 kids from over 750 schools across Vic­to­ria took part in Walk to School,’’ she said.

‘‘To­gether they walked more than 2.2 mil­lion kilo­me­tres – the equiv­a­lent of walk­ing al­most 55 times around the world.

“We hope to see even more lo­cal kids get­ting ac­tive as they travel to and from school.

‘‘It’s also a great way for par­ents and car­ers to en­joy some qual­ity time with their kids.”

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