All schools get­ting ac­tive this month

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE LAn­der­son­Byrne@ne­me­

WAN­GARATTA In­door Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre have re­ceived just over $10,000 fund­ing from VicHealth to go to­wards the Walk to School Pro­gram that be­gins to­day.

The pro­gram con­tin­ues for the whole of Oc­to­ber, and ends on Novem­ber 2, with all 21 schools in Wan­garatta and sur­rounds reg­is­tered and ready to start mov­ing their feet.

WISAC is part­ner­ing with Goul­burn Ovens TAFE, North­east Health Wan­garatta and Gate­way Health the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta to en­hance the healthy mes­sage that VicHealth sends, and co­or­di­nate re­sources and ac­tiv­i­ties lo­cally to get kids ac­tive.

Walk to School month is a fun and easy way for Vic­to­rian pri­mary school kids to build healthy habits for life ac­cord­ing to WISAC com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor Tr­ish Storer.

“This pro­gram is not just about walk­ing to school, it’s about lead­ing a health­ier and more ac­tive life,” she said.

“We have put to­gether a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for the stu­dents to get in­volved with.

“In 2016 we had 14 schools reg­is­ter, and last year just 19, so to get all schools reg­is­ter this year is in­cred­i­ble.”

The WISAC will be pro­vid­ing group fit­ness classes for each school, fruit and veg­etable ham­pers each week of walk to school as an in­cen­tive and re­ward for stu­dents, a ban­ner com­pe­ti­tion with a win­ning school and GOTAFE are of­fer­ing ori­en­teer­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for ru­ral schools.

“With all schools par­tic­i­pat­ing, that’s more than 3000 kids be­ing more ac­tive,” Tr­ish said.

Cathe­dral Col­lege stu­dents Chad, Ethan and Maddy Don­ald from Tar­rawingee will be walk­ing to their nan’s af­ter school rather than all the way from out of town.

“It’s re­ally good ex­er­cise to walk ev­ery­where,” Mad­die said.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

FUN IN THE SUN: Cathe­dral Col­lege stu­dents Chad, Ethan and Mad­die Don­ald are gear­ing up for walk to school month.

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