Walk to School 2017
Golden Plains Shire kids and families are encouraged to get active this October by taking part in VicHealth’s Walk to School program.
Golden Plains Shire Council will work with local primary schools to deliver a range of activities encouraging more families to walk, ride or scoot to school this October thanks to a $10,000 grant from VicHealth.
Mayor Cr Des Phelan said that VicHealth’s Walk to School program is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active and learn healthy habits for life.
“Golden Plains Shire Council is delighted to be part of this important initiative and thanks to VicHealth, will provide participating schools with weekly fruit deliveries, funding for a walk to school event and the opportunity to participate in Golden Plains Rocks on Facebook – a treasure hunt for hand painted rocks,” said Cr Phelan.
“For those families who live too far from school to walk to school, we encourage you to park a distance from school and walk the remaining way, with park and walk locations to be identified in some townships. Some schools may also have a community walk or a walk at school, and we encourage students and families to support these programs.
“Last year 12 local schools participated in this great VicHealth initiative, and we encourage more primary schools to get involved this year to make Walk to School bigger and better.
“We’d love to see more families walking, scooting or riding in Golden Plains to help local kids get active and build healthy habits, confidence and friendships.”
Local schools which participate in Walk to School will receive certificates to celebrate their students’ achievements, and will be in the running for a series of prizes provided by VicHealth.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said each year the Walk to School program continues to grow, with more and more schools taking part with fantastic results.
“This year, we hope to see even more local kids getting active as they travel to and from school. If you can’t walk all the way, there are many great opportunities to get involved and support your school. Try parking the car a few blocks from school and walk, ride or scoot the rest,” said Ms Rechter.
“VicHealth’s Walk to School initiative is a fun, free way to get school kids active and help them build lifelong healthy habits. It’s also a great way for parents and carers to enjoy some quality time with their kids.”
To find out more about local Walk to School activities, phone Belinda from Council’s Health and Wellbeing team on 5342 7000.