Council steps up for Walk to School

Published on 09 October 2015

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Northern Grampians Shire Council has again been successful in obtaining funding for the Walk to School program from VicHealth.

Walk to School is a VicHealth initiative - a month of activity that encourages primary students across Victoria to walk to and from school as often as possible throughout October.

Councillor Karen Hyslop said VicHealth’s Walk to School month highlights the benefits of walking for children, such as improving fitness, friendships, their confidence and the environment.

“Northern Grampians Shire Council is delighted to be part of this important initiative and will assist the participating schools with their activities during October. This year we have six schools participating” Cr Hyslop said.

 “We want to encourage more kids to walk, scoot or ride in the shire because exercise is fantastic for children’s health and reduces the environmental impacts associated with driving.”    

By getting involved in Vichealth’s Walk to School program, local primary schools will be helping their students learn healthy habits, and achieve the 60 minutes of physical activity recommended for children each day. All participating schools will receive student certificates to celebrate their students’ achievements, and will be in the running for regional prizes provided by VicHealth.

PHOTO: Cr Karen Hyslop is pictured with Joshua O’Donohue, Esha Adnan, Macey Hurley and McKaylah Kuchel from St Patricks Primary School.