Boroondara kids and families are encouraged to get active this October by taking part in VicHealth’s Walk to School program.
The City of Boroondara will work with local primary schools to deliver a range of activities encouraging more families to walk, ride or scoot to school this October thanks to a grant from VicHealth.
Cr Phillip Healey, Mayor of Boroondara said VicHealth’s Walk to School program is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active and learn healthy habits for life.
“Boroondara is delighted to be part of this important initiative and will provide incentives to participating schools throughout October, including a healthy breakfast event and weekly prizes,” Cr Healey said.
“Last year 20 local schools participated in this great VicHealth initiative, and we encourage more primary schools to get involved this year to make Walk to School bigger and better.
“We’d love to see more families walking, scooting or riding in Boroondara to help local kids get active and build healthy habits, confidence and friendships.”
Local schools which participate in Walk to School will receive certificates to celebrate their students’ achievements, and will be in the running for a series of prizes provided by VicHealth.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter 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 144,000 kids from over 750 schools across Victoria took part in Walk to School. Together they walked more than 2.2 million kilometres – the equivalent of walking almost 55 times around the world,” Ms Rechter said.
“This year, we hope to see even more local kids getting active as they travel to and from school. If you can’t walk all the way, there are many great opportunities to get involved and support your school. Try parking the car a few blocks from school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.
“VicHealth’s Walk to School initiative is a fun, free way to get school kids active and help them build lifelong healthy habits. It’s also a great way for parents and carers to enjoy some quality time with their kids.”
VicHealth’s Walk to School program encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school throughout October and build healthy habits for life. Boroondara schools can contact Verity Wignall on 9278 4515 to find out more about local Walk to School activities, or visit www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au for more information.
For further information email Andrew Birks, Acting Executive Manager Communications and Customer Experience. Phone: 9278 4329.