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Campbells Creek students walk to school

Kids around the shire will be getting active in October as part of Walk to School month.

Thursday 28 October 2017

October is Walk to School Month and Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging all primary school children to get active this month and walk, ride or scoot to school.

There are great prizes up for grabs for classes and schools, along with school visits from a very special guest.

“We’d love to see as many kids as possible walking, cycling and scooting to school throughout October and we’ve come up with some fun things to get them involved,” said Edwina Reid, Active Communities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Our good friend Luke Schoolwalker will be visiting schools throughout the month to have some fun and get kids moving,” said Ms Reid.

“Luke’s an expert at creative fun activities, so we’re sure the kids will love his energy and enthusiasm,” she said.

Walk to School month is a great initiative by VicHealth and is a free, easy and fun way to get primary school kids and their families active.

Walking, riding and scooting to school has many benefits. It not only reduces traffic and helps the environment, it allows families and friends to have special time together, develops road safety skills and helps form healthy habits for life.

“We really urge families to use this month to build healthy habits and find ways to incorporate activity to and from school each day,” said Ms Reid.

“It may not be possible to walk all the way to school, but those families who usually drive could park a few hundred metres from the school and walk that distance together.”

“Even better still, park at a nearby café, grab a coffee, and enjoy the walk together,” she said.

Twelve primary schools in the shire have signed up to participate in Walk to School Month including Campbells Creek, Castlemaine, Castlemaine North, Castlemaine Steiner, Chewton, Guildford, Harcourt Valley, Maldon, Newstead, St Mary’s, Taradale and Winters Flat.

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