Hitting the streets - it’s International Walk to School Month

Hitting the streets – it’s International Walk to School Month

Canada held its first national Walk a Child to School Day in 1998

October is International Walk to School Month – an annual celebration of ‘active transportation’ and kids here in Lacombe are encouraged to get onboard with the initiative.

Officials point out that the City of Lacombe is a ChooseWell community which encourages its residents to eat right and be active. International Walk to School Month fits right in with that, said Sonya Beauclair with the City of Lacombe.

”One of the many activities we host each year is International Walk to School Week, where we encourage kids to walk or ride (bikes or rollerblades) to school,” she said.

”We encourage students to register at the City of Lacombe by emailing sbeauclair@lacombe.ca to be entered for a chance to win some great prizes just for walking to school.

“As a ChooseWell community, this is one of the initiatives we like to run every year to try and get the kids walking to school. There is an International Walk to School web site, but we do this under ChooseWell, which itself is a program under the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association which encourages healthy living and active living,” she explained.

“That can mean almost anything we can choose to do in our communities,” she added, referring to a number of programs aimed at bolstering physical activity. “Over time, they’ve had different challenges,” she said.

Examples have included ‘21 days to Healthy Eating’ held in September. “When they discontinued that, we turned it into Operation Lunchbox, to try and get people packing healthier lunches,” she said, adding that particular initiative just wrapped up last month.

Meanwhile, International Walk to School Month has a simple but compelling goal – to make walking, cycling, and other forms of active, safe and sustainable transportation the norm for trips to and from school, noted a release.

In 1997, Walk our Children to School Day was launched in Chicago by the Partnership for a Walkable America.

Canada held its first national Walk a Child to School Day in 1998 with participants from five provinces.

In 2000, the first International Walk to School Day officially began and currently schools from all provinces and territories join millions of students all over the world as they walk to school.

Participating countries include Canada, the United States, Mexico, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, India, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.

To learn more about the international event visit www.saferoutestoschool.ca/international-walk-to-school-month.

Beauclair said there are reams of benefits to everyone from leading more active lifestyles. These benefits also affect kids, too, from helping to reduce anxiety in children besides just bettering their overall health.

Beauclair pointed out that it’s recommended that children take part in 60 minutes of activity each day.

“That’s moderate to vigorous activity every day,” she said, adding this is also linked to lower body mass index and improved cardiovascular health. Physical activity also supports healthy brain development, which can lead to improved learning and academic outcomes.

Mental health benefits include, as mentioned, reduced stress, depression and anxiety, and increased happiness.

news@lacombeexpress.com

Just Posted

Alberta is now below 3,000 active cases of COVID-19, as the province reported 2,639 Wednesday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer below 100 active COVID-19 cases for first time since March

69.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Jason Kenney says the provincial government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Travel prizes added to Alberta’s vaccine lottery

More than 40 travel rewards available for those who are fully vaccinated

Three calves were recently shot dead in Lacombe County near Mirror. (Photo from Facebook)
Calves shot and left for dead in central Alberta

Bashaw RCMP investigating three shootings

(Advocate file photo)
Red Deer down to 102 active COVID-19 cases

Central zone has 332 cases with 26 in hospital and five in ICU

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

A nurse prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Thomas
Vancouver couple pleads guilty to breaking Yukon COVID rules, travelling for vaccine

Chief Judge Michael Cozens agreed with a joint sentencing submission,

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

COVID-related trash is washing up on shorelines across the world, including Coldstream’s Kal Beach, as pictured in this May 2021 photograph. (Jennifer Smith - Black Press)
Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

Doctor David Vallejo and his fiancee Doctor Mavelin Bonilla hold photos of themselves working, as they kiss at their home in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Doctor Vallejo and Doctor Bonilla suspended their wedding in order to tend to COVID-19 patients and in the process Vallejo got sick himself with the disease, ending up in an ICU for several days. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Love, sacrifice and surviving COVID-19: one couple’s story

COVID hits Ecuadorian doctors who delayed wedding to treat sick

Most Read