Stonnington calls for local families to walk, ride and scoot to school

Press Release | 1 October 2018

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The City of Stonnington will join VicHealth in its mission to get kids walking, riding and scooting to school as part of the health promotion foundation’s annual Walk to School program.

Every October, Walk to School encourages kids and families to get active on the trip to and from school to help build healthy habits for life.

The City of Stonnington will work with local primary schools to encourage more families to walk, ride or scoot to school this October thanks to funding from VicHealth.

To support the program, Council will host healthy breakfasts at local primary schools and is implementing designated safe drop off zones for families who drive part of the way to school.

City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos, 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.

“I’m delighted that we are supporting Walk to School to encourage more kids to be active on the way to and from school,” Cr Stefanopoulos said.

“We want to make walking to school easy by holding healthy breakfasts and fun activities at local primary schools.

“We’re spreading the word about being healthy and active across the community and encouraging everyone with a school-going family member to join in.

“We’ll also be encouraging kids to combine their physical activity with creativity by decorating their shoes, bike or scooter to parade on the way to school. The best designs will be in the running for some great prizes!

“Local primary schools Korowa Anglican Girls, Lloyd Street Primary School, Malvern Primary School, Malvern Valley Primary and Windsor Primary are confirmed participants, and I encourage more schools in Stonnington to get involved,” added Cr Stefanopoulos.

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 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 Stonnington 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.

Schools can register at walktoschool.vic.gov.au

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City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Steve Stefanopoulos is available for interview or comment.

For local media enquiries, contact media@stonnington.vic.gov.au.

For campaign media enquiries, contact Rachel Murphy, Senior Media Advisor at VicHealth: 9667 1319 or rmurphy@vichealth.vic.gov.au

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