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Students get into the spirit of Walk to School month

Swapping engines for exercise in Walk to School Month

News Article Date: 
Monday, 5 October 2015

October is the month for swapping “engines for exercise”.

It’s Walk to School month, where students are encouraged to get to school under their own steam.

VicHealth, South West Credit and Warrnambool City Council’s Healthy Moves program have partnered up to encourage participation in Walk to School month.

“Walking, riding or scooting to school are great ways to get the muscles and heart pumping,” Warrnambool City Council’s Travel Smart Officer Nicole Wood said.

“Walking to school can help children to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, and adopt physical activity habits for life.

“And for students and their schools taking part there are great prizes to be won.

“Motorists are reminded to support students by reducing speeds along local streets and being aware of the risks at intersections.”

Schools will compare the number of students walking to school on October 30 and the school with the highest percentage of students walking or riding to school will win a new bike.

South West Credit has introduced an Active Saver Account for students. Each time a student with an account walks or rides to school it is registered. Students can receive rewards of up to $40 annually for taking part in Healthy Moves initiatives.

During Walk to School month with fewer mums and dads ferrying students to school in cars the spin-off benefits include a reduction in traffic, fewer parking difficulties and lowered greenhouse gas emissions.

According to VicHealth, fewer than one in five Victorian kids walk to school regularly.

Walk to School photo competition

Not only is walking great exercise, throughout October you can win prizes!

Too far to walk? Get dropped off and walk part of the way.

Enter via Facebook: Like “South West Area Youth” on Facebook. Post your picture on the page with #Walktober.

Enter via Instagram: Follow @WarrnamboolYouth on Instagram Post your photo on your own account, tagging @WarrnamboolYouth and #Walktober.

Enter via email: Eemail pics along with yor name, age and school to kradley@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

Prizes:
Major Prizes: GoPro camera for Primary and Secondary Student Best Pic
People’s Choice: Most likes on Facebook and Instagram (our repost) $75 SportsPower voucher.
School Champion: Best pic from each school (judged by Youth Council) $50 iTunes voucher.

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