09 Jul, 2018 Last updated: 11 May, 2020

Walk to School is a fun and easy way for Victorian primary school kids to build healthy habits for life.

About Walk to School

Every October, VicHealth’s Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. It’s a great way to help students learn healthy habits and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, every day. It also encourages primary schools, local councils and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible. 

Due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, VicHealth will not run the Walk to School program in its usual form in 2020.

VicHealth remains strongly committed to delivering the Walk to School program, in partnership with councils and primary schools across Victoria.  However, the continuing, and unpredictable nature of coronavirus’s impact on our communities, including the current closure of schools and evolving community safety restrictions we are in the process of modifying how we deliver the program.

We look forward to being able to share more information with you as we know that walking to school has benefits for the whole community. It reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and even saves the environment!

Along with the health benefits, walking to school has benefits for the whole community. It reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and even saves the environment! 

During the health promotion foundation's Walk to School month in October 2019, an estimated 186,600 students - the highest in the initiative's 14-year history - walked, rode or scooted to school, almost 40,000 more children than in 2018. That's around one in three primary school aged kids in Victoria.

We want to encourage all Victorian primary school kids and their families to get involved with Walk to School 2020 by visiting the Walk to School website.

 

The Walk to School 2019 winners, runners-up and first time schools are:

North Western

South Western

Winner:

St Joseph's Primary School, Kerang

Winner:

Avoca Primary School

Runner up:

Cohuna Primary School

Runner up:

Urquhart Primary School

First time:

Gisborne Primary School

First time:

Torquay Coast Primary School

North Eastern

South Eastern

Winner:

Beechworth Primary School

Winner:

St Peters Primary school, Bentleigh East

Runner up:

Sacred Heart Primary School, Tatura

Runner up:

Drouin Primary School

First time:

Sacred Heart Primary School, Yarrawonga

First time:

Drouin South Primary School

Working with local communities

VicHealth works with various organisations to increase kids’ participation in physical activity. Through the Walk to School program, we are committed to building upon these strong relationships and to make active travel easy, safe and accessible. 

Due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, VicHealth will not run the Walk to School program in its usual form in 2020.

VicHealth remains strongly committed to delivering the Walk to School program, in partnership with councils and primary schools across Victoria.  However, the continuing, and unpredictable nature of coronavirus’s impact on our communities, including the current closure of schools and evolving community safety restrictions we are in the process of modifying how we deliver the program.

We look forward to being able to share more information with you as we know that walking to school has benefits for the whole community. It reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and even saves the environment!

Every year, local councils around Victoria support their local schools to participate in Walk to School. It’s a great way to get students’ and their families more active when travelling to and from school. VicHealth recognises councils have an important role to play in the Walk to School program and by receiving a grant, councils can help more Victorian children get active and build healthy habits for life. To learn about the Walk to School LGA Partnership, please visit our Walk to School funding page

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It’s easy to get involved!

Getting active is even more fun when we do it together!

 

 

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