Last updated: 09 May, 2018

AFLW star Darcy Vescio traveled to Carraragarmungee Primary School today to deliver a fun footy clinic for students after the school took out the top prize for North-Eastern Victoria region in last year’s Walk to School program.

Carraragarmungee Primary School had the highest participation rate in the North-Eastern Victorian region with over 97 percent of students walking, riding or scooting to school during the program.

Darcy put the students through their paces, running them through some footy drills and handed out AFL merchandise as a reward for their outstanding results.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said it was great to recognise all of the students, teachers and parents at Carraragarmungee Primary School who did an exceptional job walking, riding and scooting to and from school for Walk to School.

“It’s increasingly important to get schools and families involved in programs like Walk to School and these kids learnt how important it is to be active and healthy,” Ms Rechter said.

“The proportion of Victorian children walking to school has declined dramatically in recent decades, from around 50 per cent in the 1970s to less than 20 per cent today s we need to continue to encourage kids to build this healthy habit.

“I congratulate all the students, teachers and parents from the Carraragarmungee school community. I hope you will continue to get involved with Walk to School in 2018.”

City of Wangaratta Mayor Ken Clarke congratulated the students on their Walk to School efforts.

“Walk to School Day is a great initiative that Council is proud to be involved in. Congratulations to Carragarmungee Primary School on their extremely high participation rate,” Cr Clarke said.

Last year VicHealth partnered with the AFL Players’ Association to encourage even more kids to get walking, riding and scooting to and from school and establishing healthy habits for life.

Carraragarmungee Primary School is one of four Victorian school winners which were chosen based on their school’s overall participation rate.

For more information on Walk to School visit www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au

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Note to Editors

Since 2006, every October, VicHealth’s Walk to School program encourages primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. This year, the program will run from 8 October to 2 November.

In 2017, almost 150,000 Victorian primary school kids from more than 750 schools took part in Walk to School, travelling more than 1.6 million kilometres throughout October. VicHealth is hoping to make 2018 bigger and better.

Participating schools will be provided with certificates to celebrate students’ achievements, as well as being in the running for fantastic prizes.

 

Fast facts about Walk to School: 

  • The number of Victorian kids walking to school has declined dramatically in recent decades. In the 1970s, almost 50% of Victorian children walked to school, compared with only 20% in 2011.
  • New VicHealth research shows that more than 60% of Victorian parents want their child to walk to school more regularly.
  • Parents in rural and regional Victoria are less likely to have the option to walk their child to school than those in metro areas.
  • Childhood obesity levels are on the rise. Only one in five children aged 5-17 years get the recommended amount of physical activity every day.
  • By 2025, one in three children will be overweight or obese.
  • Kids who are regularly physically active are more likely to continue to be active as they grow up.