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Gannawarra VicHealth Walk to School Program

Students and staff at Kerang Christian College are participating in the Gannawarra VicHealth Walk to School program, which commenced at the start of Term 4. The theme that will run through the 2015 Gannawarra VicHealth Walk to School program is Healthy and Active Living.

The Gannawarra VicHealth Walk to School program has promoted that, “Increasing rates of physical activity is critical to learning outcomes for children and in establishing healthy habits from an early age. Encouraging children and their families to walk, cycle, skate or scoot to school more often is the key outcome of the VicHealth Walk to School program.” 

Each Primary School (Prep – Year 6) Home Group class at Kerang Christian College has a Walk to School Classroom Calendar displayed to encourage children to mark their walks to and from school or the school bus during the month. 

Staff at Kerang Christian College have also set up a walking circuit at school so that students who are unable to walk or ride to and from school can still participate by completing the 500 metre circuit at school. Students can also mark these walks on the Walk to School Calendar.

All participating students at Kerang Christian College have received a locally developed Walk to School bookmark from the Gannawarra Shire at the start of October as a reminder to walk, cycle, skate or scoot to school throughout October and to fill in their activity details on the VicHealth Walk to School calendars. Each student will also receive a locally developed Walk to School ruler at the Gannawarra VicHealth Walk to School program school event. The ruler is designed to be a constant reminder to walk, ride, skate or scoot to school. The special school event for Kerang Christian College has been scheduled for Monday, 19th October between 9:30am and 10:30am. 

The students in Years 3 – 6 are also keeping track of the combined distance they have walked or ran during Term 4. The Year 3/4 Home Group class are racing the Year 5/6 Home Group class to Renmark, South Australia. The students will be walking or running 422km over the next ten weeks.

In support of the Walk to School Program and Mental Health Week, a number of teaching and administration staff at the College are also keeping track of the days they are actively walking, running or participating in physical activity. Keeping active can have a number of mental health benefits, including: helping to lift mood through improved fitness and the release of natural chemicals in the brain, helping improve sleeping patterns, increased energy levels, helping to block negative thoughts or distract people from daily worries and together as a community helping people feel less alone if they exercise with others.

The Gannawarra Shire have established a Facebook page to promote this program. Please visit: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyGannawarra?ref=hl 

The Gannawarra Walk to School blog is also available online at: http://www.gannawarrawalkstoschool.blogspot.com.au/

For more information about Kerang Christian College, please call (03) 5450 3894.

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