Council supports local families to walk, ride and scoot to school

Published on 09 September 2019

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This October, Murrindindi Shire Council will join VicHealth in its mission to help families and kids build healthy habits for life by walking, riding or scooting to or from school.

As part of the annual ‘Walk to School’ Program, Council will work with local primary schools to deliver a range of activities such as ‘walking school buses’, healthy breakfasts and prizes for participation.

Murrindindi Shire Council Youth, Recreation and Community Planning Portfolio Councillor, Charlie Bisset said the ‘Walk to School’ Program is a fun way for us all to start thinking about how we could improve our health and fitness, and how we can make physical activity part of our everyday routine.

“Our kids are healthier and happier when they’re active every day. Walking to school is a great way to get kids’ activity levels up and a great way to have some entertaining conversations along the way.

“Last year Yea Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School Yea and Eildon Primary School participated in the Walk to School Program. This year, we’re hoping we can get even more schools, from every corner of our Shire, involved,” Cr Bisset said.

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.

“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 Murrindindi Shire Council to get more local kids walking, riding or scooting to school,” Dr Roberts said.

Schools taking 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. So, dust off your walking shoes and get ready to put your best foot forward.

For more information or to get your school involved, visit www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au