Stepping out for health

WELLINGTON Shire Council is calling on all local primary schools to register for the VicHealth Walk to School campaign.

The campaign will run throughout October, beginning the first day of term four, October 3. 

Last year’s Walk to School month was successful, with a record 29 of the 31 primary schools in Wellington Shire participating. This year, Wellington Shire Council hopes to break this record.

Bundalaguah Primary School won the top prize of $1000 in Wellington Shire’s Walk to School Challenge last year, and VicHealth also hosted a state-wide competition in which Bundalaguah Primary also came first. The school also ranked the highest percentage for Gippsland, with 16 Wellington Shire primary schools ranked in the top 25.

Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin said Walk to School was a fantastic initiative to get involved in.

“It encourages students to have a positive attitude and get more active bringing many health benefits to the kids,” he said.

“It is very easy for our schools to take part and they have the opportunity to win some great prizes.”

VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign encourages primary school students across the shire to walk, run, bike, skate or scoot to and from school throughout October in a bid to encourage more people live a happier and healthier life.

Even if students can’t make it all of the way, part of the way is still okay. They could be dropped off part of the way to school or walk, run, bike, skate or scoot to the bus stop.

All primary schools have been invited to register. Registered primary schools will receive $150 towards a healthy breakfast, lunch or for fresh fruit during October.

All registered primary schools will have access to free prizes and giveaways for their students. Awards will be given to Wellington Shire primary schools with the highest percentage of walkers, with the top school receiving $1000 and two runners-up $500 each.

To register or for more information, visit www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au or phone Wellington Shire Council’s community health and wellbeing officer on 5142 3128.