Step up for health

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 19-Oct-2017

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Lightning Reef Primary School was chosen from more than 800 schools to have a pair of shoes donated to each student as part of the Walk to School program.

Students decorated their shoes on Monday as part of a new element of Walk to School, where schools are encouraged to decorate shoes, bikes or scooters to make the event more enjoyable.

VicHealth partnered with the AFL Players’ Association for Walk to School 2017 to encourage even more kids to get walking, riding and scooting to help them build healthy habits for life. 

Lightning Reef now has the opportunity to win a footy clinic led by an AFL or AFLW player.

Melbourne defender Neville Jetta helped launch the program and encouraged students and their families to be active throughout October.

“As a father and sportsperson I know how important healthy habits are for me and my children. A great way for kids to stay active is to walk to school – it’s a small thing that starts their day on the right path,” Mr Jetta said.

Health minister Jill Hennessy has also thrown her support behind the campaign encouraging Victorian families and schools to get involved.

“It’s vital for our kids to get the daily physical activity they need to be happy and healthy. I encourage Victorian families and schools to take part in VicHealth’s Walk to School month – it’s a free, easy and fun way to get primary school kids active this October,” Ms Hennessy said.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said helping our children be active is critical for their health.

“We know that two-thirds of kids aren’t getting the physical activity they need to be healthy,” she said.

“Walking, riding or scooting to and from school every day is an easy way to make physical activity part of kids’ daily life.

Ms Rechter said this year’s Walk to School combined creativity with physical activity to get kids excited about walking, riding and scooting to school.

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