Healthy travel means healthy kids

There are so many reasons to join Walk to School in 2019. Walking, riding or scooting to and from school is a great way to work towards the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, every day. Plus, kids who are active are more likely to develop healthy habits that lead to lifelong health benefits. Last year, more than 140,000 Victorian primary school kids got involved, and you can too! It’s easy to get active, even if your school isn’t involved.

I love walking to school! I walk with my mum, big sister and little brother.

Mum and I ride our bikes to school every day and it is so much fun!

My school is a long walk away, so dad will drive us to the drop off zone. Then I get to walk with all my friends!

Get ready, get set for Walk to School!

This year, VicHealth has funded 71 enthusiastic councils to provide local Walk to School activities in your community. 

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Win fabulous prizes for your school

Did you know that you can win prizes just for walking, riding or scooting to and from school?  

FAQs

Have a question about Walk to School? Before contacting us, have a look at some of our most frequently asked questions and answers.

What’s so good about Walk to School?

Kids are healthier and happier when they’re active every day.  Walking kids to school is a great opportunity to get them active and build their confidence and life skills.  It’s also a chance for everyone to spend some quality family time together.

Last year I could register my child online. Why can’t I now?

We’ve changed how Walk to School is run, to keep it as easy as possible for parents and schools. You don’t need to register your child online. Schools will be using classroom calendars to track their students’ progress throughout Walk to School month.

My child’s school isn’t participating. Can I still get involved?

Yes! Even if your school isn’t involved, you can still participate. Your child can keep track of how often they walk, ride or scoot to and from school and be part of the state-wide movement.

How does Walk to School work?

Participating schools encourage students to walk, cycle or scoot to school in October – even part of the way is OK. School can use encouraging activities such as classroom calendars, footpath signs and stickers to engage with kids and celebrate their active travel achievements.

Why does Walk to School go for a month?

Studies show that it takes 30 days to build a habit. The longer we do something healthy, the more likely that healthy habit will stick. That’s why Walk to School lasts for an entire month, rather than a single day. It’s about building healthy habits for life.

What’s so good about active travel options?

National guidelines recommend kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and walking, riding and scooting are ways to help them get there. It’s also a great way to connect with family members and your community. Active travel options to and from school provide more time for conversation and is less stressful than driving. Not to mention it helps the environment, reduces traffic congestion and demand for parking!

How can our family start walking?

There are lots of ways to get started, but the best option is always the one that suits your family. You can:

  • Walk to school with your child and enjoy the chance to talk and teach road safety skills
  • arrange for your child to walk to school with trusted family friends or neighbours
  • drive part of the way to school and then walk the rest
  • mix it up! If your child likes riding or scooting, those are great options, too!

Is walking to school risky?

Lots of parents would love for their kids to walk to school and know they’ll be safe.  We encourage parents and carers to walk with their child until they feel their child is ready to walk alone. Ultimately, you know your child best!

If more parents, family and friends walk with kids on their way to and from school, then kids will learn how to do it themselves, gain confidence and get the health benefits they need. 

Learn more about helping your kids to travel safely to and from school by downloading VicHealth’s practical guide: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-and-resources/publications/parental-fear

What data do schools collect?

VicHealth will no longer be collecting data from schools, however your council is likely to be in contact to confirm your participation in Walk to School.

If your school is participating in Walk to School, your child’s teacher may choose to use a classroom calendar to record:

·       your child’s name

·       how many times they usually walk, ride or scoot to and from school

·       how many times they walk, ride or scoot to and from school in October.