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Walk to school this October

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Student leaders have come up with great ideas to get children walking to school this October.

Thursday 31 August 2017

Grab your walking shoes and get moving this October as part of Walk to School Month.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is a proud supporter of the VicHealth initiative, which is a free, easy and fun way to get primary school kids and their families active.

To gather ideas on how to encourage participation in the month-long event, Council held a forum with nearly 40 student leaders from local primary schools.

Students shared ideas about how to get more kids involved. Suggestions included:

• Hold fun events to promote the program like dress up days, walking with a buddy, prizes for the best decorated bike and shoes.
• Give prizes to schools whose students get active and walk to school.
• Promote and explain the health and environmental benefits of walking, riding or scooting over driving.
• Create drop off points or car-free zones so kids that are usually driven to school can walk at least some of the way.

“The students had some great ideas about encouraging classmates to walk to school,” said Edwina Reid, Active Communities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“They came up with lots of reasons why it’s sometimes hard to walk to school, but had ideas on how small changes in the morning could help kids become more active,” said Ms Reid.

“All parents understand how busy mornings can be in the lead up to school, so kids suggested they could be better organised and leave home a bit earlier to allow extra time to walk, ride or scoot to school – even part of the way,” she said.

“It was great to hear ideas from the students and see how enthusiastic they all were to be involved in this positive program.”

“We’ll be implementing some of their ideas as part of Walk to School month to help build healthy habits for life.”

Eight primary schools in the shire have already signed up to participate in Walk to School Month including Winters Flat, Maldon, Harcourt Valley, Guildford, Chewton, Castlemaine Steiner, Castlemaine and Castlemaine North. Speak to your school about registering at www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au.


Image: Student leaders get active at the Walk to School forum.


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