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On the move under their own steam

News Article Date: 
Monday, 5 December 2016

The numbers have been crunched and they make for impressive reading.

More than 2000 students from 10 Warrnambool and region schools took part in the Walk to School program supported by Warrnambool City Council, VicHealth and South West Credit.

“That’s an average participation rate of 68 per cent,” WCC Travel Smart Officer Nicole Wood said.

“And we had a couple of standout schools with Woodford and St John’s primary schools having a participation rate of more than 90 per cent.

“Collectively the students at all participating schools completed 26,700 trips and covered 49,156 kilometres over the month of October.

“The children, supported by their parents, families and school communities, have cut the number of cars on the road and in doing so reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

“And walking to school helps students become healthier and more independent, which is really important at a time when we are increasingly concerned about children becoming too sedentary and less healthy as a result.”

The Australian Department of Health and Ageing recommends children accumulate at least 60 minutes (and up to several hours) of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

According to VicHealth, children who walk, cycle or scoot to and from school have higher levels of physical activity and improved cardiovascular fitness compared to children who do not.

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