The Walk to School Opportunity

Walk to School is a great way for us to build healthy habits and routines that not only keep us healthy and active, but also create opportunities for us to see and support our friends and neighbours. 

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Happy, healthy, connected communities

Local councils have an essential role to play in supporting the initiative. Our councils are connected to their communities and will have valuable insights into how to encourage kids to walk, ride, scoot and skate to and from school in different neighbourhoods. For more information Victorian councils can email [email protected]

FAQs

Check out the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

How is the coronavirus affecting Walk to School?

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. Regular physical activity not only helps us stay healthy, it helps us stay connected to our communities, which is so important right now.

Is it safe for students and families to Walk to School?

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. 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.

When does Walk to School take place?

We’re encouraging schools and families to embrace Walk to School throughout the year! Whether learning from home or the classroom, adding in regular physical activity will help families stay connected to our communities and keep active.

How do we best tag Walk to School in social media posts?

We encourage councils, community organisations, schools, teachers, families to include #walktoschool on socials.