Walk to School Month is a lesson in healthy choices

Published on 02 October 2018

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Set your kids up for a long and rewarding life by inspiring healthy habits while they’re young.

October is Walk to School Month which is a fun and easy way to prepare Victorian primary school pupils for a lifetime of positive lifestyle choices.

Corangamite Shire Mayor Jo Beard encouraged Victorian primary school kids and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school.

“Health experts say we should all do 60 minutes of physical activity every day and this is a great way to fit some of that exercise into the daily routine,” Cr Beard said.

“Being a bit creative can keep things interesting without a huge effort. If you drop the kids off, pull up somewhere safe and walk the rest of the way to school or to the bus stop.

“Find out if your school has a meeting point where kids can gather and walk together.

“If you’re on a farm, get in touch with your neighbours and brainstorm what activities might be possible in your area.

“The Walk to School program also encourages councils, schools, and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible and we will be doing some work to ensure safe walking routes around the Shire.”

Last year, 759 primary schools across Victoria took part in Walk to School, with 140,303 primary school kids walking more than 1.6 million kilometres during October, the equivalent of walking two return trips to the moon.

Find out more , go to at the official walk to school website, or Facebook page or follow @WalkToSchoolVic on Twitter.

Walk to School Day is a VicHealth initiative supported by the Heart of Corangamite network which includes Corangamite Shire, South West Primary Care Partnership, Terang and Mortlake Health Services, Timboon District Health Service, South West Healthcare, Beaufort and Skipton Health Services and Cobden District Health Services.

Benefits of walking:

  • relaxation
  • improved concentration in class
  • a way to let off steam at the end of the day
  • develops
    • independence
    • responsibility
    • awareness of surroundings
  • tones the whole body
  • develops cardiac and respiratory capacity
  • weight control and improved body image
  • time to talk, listen and improve your relationship