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Published Friday 25 October 2019
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Walk to School a hit in Mitchell Shire

Mitchell Shire Council has joined VicHealth in its mission to increase children’s physical activity 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. Students who are unable to walk to school can increase their physical activity through activities at school including the Shire-wide trundle-wheel challenge in which schools compete against each other to achieve the most kilometres over the month.

Council has worked with a record 12 local primary schools to deliver a range of activities to support more families to walk, ride or scoot to school.

The schools involved are:

  • Tallarook Primary School
  • Broadford Primary School
  • Kilmore Primary School
  • Puckapunyal Primary School
  • Pyalong Primary School
  • Tooborac Primary School
  • Upper Plenty Primary School
  • Wandong Primary School
  • Seymour College P-12
  • Wallan Primary School
  • Our Lady of The Way
  • Willowmavin Primary School

The Broadford Primary School were presented with a golden shoe, made by the Broadford Men’s Shed, at the Broadford Walk to School event on Wednesday 23 October. The shoes will commemorate the efforts students and schools have gone to encourage an active lifestyle.

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.

For more information visit the Walk to School website on Walk to School's website.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“We are delighted to support Walk to School in our community to encourage more kids to be active on the way to and from school,” he said.

“Our kids are healthier and happier when they’re active every day, and walking to school is a great way to get their activity in. We want to make walking to school easy and attractive for families during the month of October.

“This year, 12 local schools participated in this great VicHealth initiative, and we encourage more primary schools to get involved next year to make Walk to School bigger and better.”

Quotes attributable to Acting VicHealth CEO Dr Lyn Roberts AO

“Walking, riding or scooting to and from school every day is an easy way to make physical activity part of kids’ daily life which is why our Walk to School program is so important,” Dr Roberts said.

“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.

“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 Mitchell Shire Council to get more local kids walking, riding or scooting to school.”

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