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Families invited to walk to school in November

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Families in the Bendigo area are invited to sign up for this year's Walk to School campaign, when primary school kids across the state will walk to and from school every day during November.

This annual event is led by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and aims to get more Victorian families active.

Bendigo State Labor MP's Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards said VicHealth's Walk to School raises awareness of the need for children to make walking part of their daily routine to improve fitness, friendships, the environment and their confidence.

Ms Allan said a free Walk to School app is now available to help families keep track of how far, and how often, kids have walked. The app is available from the App Store (search for ‘Walk to School').

"Children who take part will build healthy habits and relationships for life. It will also help promote sustainability and healthy local environments as walking to school can help reduce traffic congestion, parking difficulties and the associated environmental impacts."

Ms Edwards said that last year around 11,500 primary school children walked more than 240,000 kilometres, that's six times around the circumference of the Earth.

"I hope that this year it will be even bigger," she said.

Children who register to take part in VicHealth's Walk to School have the opportunity to win fantastic prizes and this year, corporate sponsor Cotton On Kids has come on board to offer discounts at their Victorian stores.

The highest participating school in each of Victoria's nine education regions will receive sporting equipment valued at $1000. Students can get involved in weekly competitions during November via the Walk to School website (www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au), with prizes awarded each week.

Registering for Walk to School is free and open to primary school students, parents and teachers in Victoria. Or for more information, visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/WalkToSchool To learn more visit: www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au

 

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