Wellington school students are gearing up for Walk to School 2018.
The VicHealth Walk to School 2018 campaign will begin Monday 8 October, with the majority of Wellington schools already registered.
Last year’s Walk to School month was highly successful with 2854 students participating from across the Shire, walking 52,683 times over a total distance of 37,826km.
Wurruk Primary School, Rosedale Primary School and Guthridge Primary School were winners of the 2017 Wellington Shire Walk to School Competition.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said the Walk to School initiative was designed to assist children to build healthy habits.
“This is a fantastic initiative to get involved in and I love seeing all the children getting out and about walking, riding and scooting,” Cr Crossley said.
“Wellington Shire Council encourages healthy lifestyles and what better way to start your day than by getting some exercise on your way to school.
“It’s a great way to get the blood pumping and prepare for a day of learning.”
Even if students can’t make it all of the way, part of the way is still okay or being dropped off part of the way to school or walking, running or riding to a bus stop.
By participating in Walk to School 2018, schools will receive funds to be used for whole of school active travel and/or healthy eating activities through Wellington Shire’s Walk to School Challenge. Schools with less than 200 students will receive $100 and schools with 200 or more students will receive $200 for registering.
There will also be some fantastic prizes awarded at the end of the campaign which is running throughout October commencing the first day of Term 4, Monday 8 October 2018.