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VicHealth is calling on Victorian families to limber up and walk (or scoot, ride or roll!) to and from school every day in October.
Melbourne City FC has joined forces with VicHealth to encourage school children across Victoria to take part in the 2014 Walk to School campaign.
This year, 60,000 kids walked, skated, scooted, skipped, cycled and even rode horses to school for fun and fitness on October 19.
Victorian families are invited to join thousands of kids, parents and teachers, who will make walking a crucial part of their journey to school every day during November.
Nine Victorian schools will receive $1000 of sports gear and the title of the state's best walkers, for securing the top spot in VicHealth's Walk to School competition.
Motorists have been urged to take extra care on the roads, as more than 70,000 primary school children from 370 schools across Victoria will be out and about.
A two-year study has revealed the final years of primary school are critical for developing children’s confidence and independence to travel without their parents in their communities.
Primary school children who took part in VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign during October have walked a combined 241,115 kilometres – six times around the circumference of the Earth.
Victoria Walks to School Day ambassador Nicole Livingstone encourages kids, teachers, parents, neighbours, friends and family to sign up for the walk on October 19.
Registrations are now open for this year’s VicHealth Walk to School challenge – with the opportunity to win fantastic prizes.
Tens of thousands of primary school children across Victoria are taking to the streets as VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign kicks off today.
Introducing a new VicHealth resource, Active for Life, brings together Australian and international research to challenge our current thinking and help decision makers identify changes we can all make to influence how much our children move each day.