Baw Baw Shire Council invites all primary schools, teachers and parents of students to sign up and participate in VicHealth’s Walk to School initiative.
VicHealth’s programs runs in October and encourages primary school children to walk or ride to and from school every day of the month.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Joe Gauci said the program highlights how regular physical activity can improve children’s health and wellbeing and helps form healthy travel habits from a young age.
“At a time when worrying trends such as increasingly sedentary lifestyles and childhood obesity are on the rise, it’s great to see a health initiative designed to tackle these issues by encouraging children to get outside and be active everyday”, Mr Gauci said.
“VicHealth’s Walk to School month is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active this October and build healthy habits that will support active lifestyles for children as they grow.”
Registered schools in Baw Baw will receive a classroom calendar where teachers can record how many times students walk, scoot or ride to and from school during October.
At the end of October, teachers will tally up the participation rate of students and report it on VicHealth’s Walk to School website.
Students with the highest rate of participation will receive prizes from the organisation.
For more information or to register online, visit the Walk to School website.
Walk to School 2016 is being undertaken in partnership between Baw Baw Shire Council and West Gippsland Healthcare Group, and is funded by the State Government’s VicHealth branch.