Walk and Wheel to School Challenge- June 5-9, 2017

This challenge is now complete! Read the results here: http://sudburyfamilies.ca/healthykids/challenges/walk-and-wheel-to-school-challenge1/2017-walk-and-wheel-to-school-challenge-report/

Did you know that kids who walk or bike to school are more likely to get the recommended amount of physical activity, have higher levels of physical activity throughout the day, and arrive at school more ready to learn?

During the week of June 5th to 9th, children from across the City of Greater Sudbury will try to walk, bike or scoot to school as many days as they can.  Healthy Kids will add up the kilometers traveled and see how far our community's kids can travel in a week!

Participating students will be entered into a draw for great prizes. And students will get more active, be green and have fun!

How does it work?

1. Support your child to walk or wheel to and from school as many days as they can during the week of June 5th to 9th. (See this website- https://www.caasco.com/Community-Action/School-Zone-Safety or print this handout for safety tips and videos about walking safety and bike safety)

Some ideas if you don’t usually walk or bike:

  • Walk or bike with your child. It’s a great way to connect with your child and get some fresh air and exercise. (Children under 10 should always walk with an adult.)
  • Organize a group walk with other families in your neighbourhood.
  • If you live far from the school, consider parking a 10-15 minute walk away from school and walk part of the trip.
  • If your child rides the bus to school and it's too far to walk or ride, try walking to other places in your neighbourhood during that week. Your child can register these in the challenge as “Community Trips”

2. Track your child's trips then submit the online tracking form by Friday June 16th so that your child can be entered in to a draw for prizes like gift cards, bike bells and umbrellas!

Please be advised that parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring their child/children’s safety on their trip to and from school. This is health promotion initiative of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, it is not a supervised program offered by the school or the City.

Resources

Online tracking form for families: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/walkandwheel

Handout about walking safety and bike safety