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Walk to School month
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Walk to School month

October is Walk to School month

News Article Date: 
Monday, 13 October 2014

Primary school students have embraced Walk to School month in Warrnambool for years and now the Warrnambool City Youth Council is eager to get secondary students involved.

The Youth Council has organised a photo competition encouraging students to take photos while walking to and from school during October and share them via social media, with prizes to be won.

Walk to School Month is a VicHealth initiative encouraging students to walk to and from school as often as they can.

Warrnambool City Council Travel Smart Officer Nicole Wood said that walking to school is a simple way for students to get more exercise.

“According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, only one in five children aged 5-17 get the recommended amount of physical activity every day,” Ms Wood said.

“Walking to school is a fantastic way for young people to be more active. If students live too far away to walk we would encourage them to get dropped off and walk part of the way.

“Warrnambool is such a beautiful city and it is much easier to appreciate from the footpath than through a car window.

“The response from primary school kids has been brilliant over the past few years and now it is time for the older students to give walking to school a try.”

Photos can be submitted via www.facebook.com/SouthWestAreaYouth, @WarrnamboolYouth on Instagram or by emailing kmckean@warrnambool.vic.gov.au.

There are prizes for the best pics as well as a chance to win a GoPro camera for people who submit photos on five different days, encouraging students to walk as often as possible.

For more information visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au or students can look out for posters around their high school.

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