Healthy and active for life
Walk to School is a VicHealth initiative that promotes regular physical activity among Victorian primary school students. It helps kids and their families establish active routines for life and supports primary schools, local councils and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible. Walk to School is going ahead in 2020, but families should follow government health advice and local requirements for masks, wash their hands well and often and maintain at least 1.5m from other people.
Check out the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.
It’s been a challenging and unpredictable few years, but VicHealth knows how much kids, families and schools benefit from Walk to School. We’ve developed new, flexible activities to get kids walking, riding, scooting or skating to and from school – or around their neighbourhood if they’re learning from home. Regular physical activity not only helps us stay healthy, it helps us stay connected to our communities, which is so important right now.
Kids are healthier and happier when they’re active every day. Walking to school is a great opportunity to help kids get regular physical activity, and build their confidence and life skills.
Walking, riding, scooting or skating to school in the morning and home in the afternoon helps kids get regular physical activity, and build their confidence and life skills. It’s also a great way to connect with family, friends and neighbours. And moving those daily commutes from the roads to the footpath can help make school streets safer, reduce traffic congestion, and contribute to a healthier environment.
Different families get involved in different ways. Depending on your situation you could:
- walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school with your child and enjoy the chance to talk and teach road safety skills;
- arrange for your child to walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school with trusted family friends or neighbours;
- drive part of the way to and from school and then walk, ride, scoot or skate the rest;
- if you’re confident that your child has the skills to travel around your neighbourhood without adult supervision, then encourage them to walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school with friends!
It’s essential that families follow government health advice. Walk to School can be a great way for families living in areas that are under restrictions to maintain a routine, keep active and feel connected to their community and their neighbourhood. Encourage families to walk, ride, scoot or skate in their local neighbourhood before and after classes, or even during the lunch break. Just remind them to follow local requirements for wearing masks, wash their hands well and often and maintain at least 1.5m from other people.
We encourage councils, community organisations, schools, teachers, families to Tag @WalkToSchoolVIC and #walktoschool on socials.
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