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