Walk to School Program breaks a record

13 March 2019 - Media release

A record number of children and families across Campaspe Shire initiated healthy habits and got active late last year by taking part in the annual Walk to School program.

Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said each year council joins forces with VicHealth in its mission to encourage children and families to be physically active.

“Council is delighted to support Walk to School across the shire, encouraging children to be more energetic while commuting to and from school,” Cr Weston said.

Held in October last year, Campaspe had a record breaking 15 primary schools with more than 3,100 students participating in the program. These children completed over 41,500 walks.

“This is a great initiative that teaches our youth healthy habits and the success of the program is evident by the increase in participation year on year,” Cr Weston said.

Council submitted an application for funding to Vic Health and was successful in receiving $10,000 to support the program. Funds have also been secured for this year’s Walk to School events.

Council’s support of the program included coordinating competitions for participating schools, assisting with walk events, speaking with local primary schools and developing safe walking routes

“Helping our kids to get active is so important for their health and wellbeing and we look forward to breaking more records together later this year,” Cr Weston said.