CHILDREN and families will be encouraged to get active this October by taking part in the VicHealth Walk to School program.
Gannawarra Shire will work with local primary schools and health agencies to deliver a range of activities encouraging more families to walk, ride or scoot to school, or the school bus, this October thanks to a $10,000 grant from VicHealth.
Mayor Brian Gibson said this will be the fifth year council has coordinated the program.
‘‘Walking, riding or scooting to school is a free, easy and fun way for children to get active and learn more about the world around them,’’ he said.
‘‘Getting to school actively also builds confidence and independence and allows children to practice the road safety lessons of Stop, Look, Listen, Think that they learn at school and out in the wider community.’’
All ten local primary schools are again registered to participate, consisting of 780 children.
VicHealth chief executive Jerril Rechter said each year the Walk to School program continues to grow with more schools taking part.
‘‘Last year more than 144,000 kids from over 750 schools across Victoria took part in Walk to School,’’ she said.
‘‘Together they walked more than 2.2 million kilometres — the equivalent of walking almost 55 times around the world.
“This year we hope to see even more local kids getting active as they travel to and from school.’’
An official launch of the Gannawarra VicHealth Walk to School program will be held in Leitchville on Monday, September 18.