school active travel

Children love to be active. Children who are physically active enjoy healthier, happier and more socially connected lives than children who lead less active lives. If active habits are built in childhood people are more likely to grow up to be active adults and have health benefits across their lives.

In recent decades, substantial changes to the Australian lifestyle, the places where we live and the transport we use to get around had led to changes in how much physical activity our children participate in. Active transport, e.g. walking, riding, skating or scooting, has declined dramatically with car travel becoming the main way people move from A to B.

The Australian Department of Health and Ageing recommends that children should get at least 60 minutes (and up to several hours) of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Active transport is a great way for local children to get a significant way to meeting the 60 minute minimum daily goal!

Source: www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/search/active-transport-children

Hands Up Mallee has been working with local Schools and Early Years Services to support and encourage increased active transport for students and parents.

vic health - walk to school month

Walk to School is held every October that aims to encourage primary-school students across Victoria to walk, ride or scoot to and from school as often as possible during the month.

Hands Up Mallee is working with Mildura Rural City Council and Aligned Leisure to encourage local families to get active on the way to and from school. Helping them achieve more active and healthier lives by establishing active routines. We also work together to help local primary schools integrate active travel behaviours in ways that best work for their students.

Walking, riding or scooting to and from school can help children to achieve the recommended minimum 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day, and adopt physical activity habits for life. It can also help to reduce traffic congestion, parking difficulties and reduce our impact on the planet.

Participating in Walk to School is a great way to build and encourage this easy, fun and free way to live a healthier life . We encourage all local primary-school children and their families to participate in Walk to School 2019.

Primary schools who register for Walk to School can order FREE materials, including student certificates, posters, stickers and more. Every registered school will get great prizes just for participating, and the school with the most of their students participating will win the first ever Walk to School GOLDEN SNEAKER TROPHY!

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drop and stride

Six local primary schools are putting their ‘best foot forward’ and together with Hands Up Mallee have each developed a unique DROP and STRIDE program for their students.

DROP and STRIDE zones are a place, a short distance from the school, where parents can safely drop off their children at specific times and children walk, scoot or ride the short distance to and from school, together with other students also using the zone.

Red Cliffs Primary School and Irymple Primary School  piloted the zones in 2016. The Lake Primary School  and Mildura South Primary School launched their zones in 2017 and Red Cliffs East Primary School and Trinity Lutheran College are launching their zones in 2019. We hope even more local schools will get on board with the program in 2020.

 Why are we implementing these zones?

  • Promote increased physical activity for children.

  • Improve student safety by reducing traffic congestion in school zones.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SCHOOL ACTIVE TRAVEL CONTACT:

Rachael Longeri - Health Promotion Officer

Phone: 03 5025 9604
Email: rlongeri@schs.com.au