Local students lace up their walking shoes

By David Rak

Mitchell Shire Council joined VicHealth in its mission to increase children’s physical activity as part of the health promotion foundation’s annual Walk to School program.

Every October, Walk to School encourages families to get active on the trip to and from school to help children build healthy habits for life.

Students who are unable to walk to school can increase their physical activity through activities at school, including the shire-wide trundle-wheel challenge in which schools compete against each other to achieve the most kilometres during the month.

Council has worked with a record 12 local primary schools to deliver a range of activities to support more families to walk, ride or scoot to school.

Broadford Primary School was presented with a golden shoe, made by the Broadford Men’s Shed, at the Broadford Walk to School event on October 23.

The shoe will commemorate the efforts students and schools have gone to encourage an active lifestyle.

For more information visit the Walk to School website at

Mayor Bill Chisholm said council was delighted to support Walk to School to encourage more kids to be active on their way to and from school.

“Our kids are healthier and happier when they’re active every day, and walking to school is a great way to get their activity in. We want to make walking to school easy and attractive for families,” he said.

“This year, 12 local schools participated in this great VicHealth initiative, and we encourage more primary schools to get involved next year to make Walk to School bigger and better.”