Bella and Abi are walk­ers of the week

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE -

VICHEALTH’S Walk to School month is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get ac­tive this Oc­to­ber.

Vic­to­rian pri­mary stu­dents are en­cour­aged to walk, ride or scoot to and from school to kick-start healthy travel habits that can lead to good health for life.

Pri­mary schools and stu­dents can sign up to track their achieve­ments through­out Oc­to­ber and be in the run­ning for fan­tas­tic prizes.

Here in Mans­field, a Walker of the Week col­umn will be fea­tured over the Oc­to­ber edi­tions of the Mans­field Courier.

The ‘Walker of the Week’ will re­ceive a $25 voucher to Sports­first Mans­field.

This week we have Bella CerviBol­well and Abi Heron from Jamieson Pri­mary School.

1) What do you en­joy about walk­ing to school?

It keeps us fit, plus we en­joy the nice views and hav­ing a chat along the way. 2) Who do you walk to school with? We walk with each other, plus mum or dad and some­times other friends.

3) What are you go­ing to buy with your voucher for the sport shop?

Bella would like some new run­ners/ fit­ness stuff while Abi is not sure yet, ‘I’ll see what’s there’.

In 2015, there were some 620 par­tic­i­pat­ing schools, more than 108,997 par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents and 1.2 mil­lion kilo­me­tres walked.

Walk­ing to school can help chil­dren to achieve the rec­om­mended 60 min­utes of mod­er­ate to vig­or­ous ac­tiv­ity ev­ery day, and adopt phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity habits for life.

Walk­ing to school can help re­duce traffic con­ges­tion, park­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and the as­so­ci­ated en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts.

Walk to school ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to raise aware­ness of the broader health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits of chil­dren be­ing ac­tive.

A GREAT PLACE TO WALK: Abi Heron (left) and Bella Cervi-Bol­well and Bou (front) from Jamieson Pri­mary School.

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