Walk to School for a great October!

Children across Hume are encouraged to walk, ride or scoot to school across the month of October, as part of the Walk to School initiative.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the annual challenge would help many youngsters to become more active.

“Children who walk to school develop a very healthy habit,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Walking is a great way to improve your fitness, and it also gives you a sense of achievement at the start of a day.

“We would love children in Hume to undertake at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, because exercise can help you stay well.

“Experts tell us that Australian children are amongst the least active in the world, but I know young people across Hume will be keen to show just how energetic they can be.”

One in four children is overweight or obese in Australia, compared with one in 20 children who grew up in the 1960s.

Cr Atmaca said children who walked to school received a number of benefits, aside from better health.

“Children can cultivate wonderful friendships when they stroll to school with their classmates,” he said.

“Youngsters also learn more about their local suburb as they meander along footpaths, and see things that they could miss while seated in a car.

“Young people who walk to school can gain tremendous confidence, and it’s a terrific means to also spend time with your family.”

Children are asked to keep track of their walks and record journeys on classroom calendars, or via the Walk to School website or app.

Each student who participates shall receive a certificate, and will be in the running for prizes that are made available across school regions.

Council will also deliver healthy breakfast snacks to primary schools in Hume that registered for Walk to School during August.

Walk to School is an initiative of VicHealth, which has provided funding to Hume City Council for the program.

The CEO of VicHealth, Jerril Rechter, said she hoped this year’s Walk to School challenge would be the biggest yet.

“Last year, nearly 80,000 students from 499 primary schools in Victoria joined us for Walk to School, walking more than 896,000km in total,” Ms Rechter said.

“And with Hume City Council on board, we hope to bump up those numbers this year.”

In 2014, a total of 14 Hume schools participated.

Cr Atmaca called on young people to start thinking about the walking path they will take to school.

“Now is a perfect time for children to talk with their family about the safest way to walk to school,” he said.

“Hume City Council’s school crossing supervisors will help youngsters to cross busy roads, and I’m sure the month will be a tremendous success.”

Further information about Walk to School is here, and at www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 3 September 2015

Updated : 9:36 AM, 3 September 2015

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