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Over 30 local schools to participate in Walk to School this October

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Greater Bendigo kids and families are encouraged to get active this October by taking part in VicHealth’s Walk to School Program.

City of Greater Bendigo Health and Wellbeing Director Vicky Mason said VicHealth’s Walk to School program is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active and learn healthy habits for life.

“The City is working with over 30 local primary schools to encourage more families to walk to school during October thanks to funding provided by VicHealth,” Ms Mason said.

“We’d love to see more students and their families walking, scooting or riding to help get local kids active, form good habits that they can use for the rest of their lives and gain confidence and friendships.”

Local schools that participate in Walk to School will receive certificates to celebrate their students’ achievements and prizes provided by the City of Greater Bendigo and VicHealth.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said each year the Walk to School program continues to grow with more and more schools taking part with fantastic results. 

“Walking, riding or scooting to and from school every day is an easy way to make physical activity part of kids’ daily life which is why our Walk to School program is so important,” Ms Rechter said.

“Last year more than 140,000 kids from over 750 schools across Victoria took part in Walk to School and walked the equivalent of two return trips to the moon. This year we hope to get even more schools involved in the program to improve the health of our kids.

“Helping our kids to get active is so important for their health and wellbeing – which is why it’s great to have the support of the City of Greater Bendigo to get more local kids walking, riding or scooting to school.”

Local schools who take part in Walk to School will also be in the running to win specialised AFL Footy Clinics with an AFL or AFLW player.

For more information about Walk to School go to www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au  or for local support contact Kate Hardingham on 54346000.

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