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Get ready to walk, ride and scoot to school

Campbells Creek students with their helmets and bikes.

Kids around the shire are walking, riding and scooting to school throughout October as part of Walk to School Month.

Wednesday 9 October 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council will join VicHealth in its mission to get kids walking, riding and scooting to school as part of the health promotion foundation’s annual Walk to School program.

Every October, Walk to School encourages families to get active on the trip to and from school to help kids build healthy habits for life.

“This year we’re excited to have 12 local primary schools participating in the program, and we have an action-packed calendar of events planned throughout the month,” said Edwina Reid, Council’s Active Communities Officer.

“We’ll be hosting before-school events with healthy breakfasts, and will be tracking the steps of local students to see how far their travels would take them around Australia,” said Ms Reid.

“We’ll also be encouraging families to park 500 metres or one kilometre away from schools and walk the rest of the way.”

Creative kids will enjoy adding to footpath art as they walk to school, with hidden boots and wheels to find along the journey.

“Our Walk to School program is well loved by students and there’s plenty of smiles on faces at our breakfast events,” said Ms Reid.

“Kids are healthier and happier when they’re active every day, and walking, riding or scooting to school is a great way to increase their activity.”

Acting VicHealth CEO Dr Lyn Roberts AO said each year the Walk to School program continues to grow with more and more schools taking part with fantastic results.

“Last year more than 140,000 kids from over 750 schools across Victoria took part in Walk to School, travelling the equivalent distance of two return trips to the moon,” said Dr Roberts.

“Helping our kids to get active is so important for their health and wellbeing, which is why it’s great to have the support of Mount Alexander Shire Council to get more local kids walking, riding or scooting to school.”

Local schools who take part in Walk to School will be in the running to win some fantastic prizes, including a footy clinic at their school hosted by an AFL or AFLW player.

Find more information at the Walk to School website at www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au.

Image: Rear to front - Students like Romilly, Jude and Sabine from Campbells Creek Primary School are getting active in October.

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