International walk laces up

The City of Vernon is inviting Vernon schools to participate in the upcoming International Walk.

The City of Vernon is inviting Vernon schools to participate in the upcoming International Walk.

The event raises awareness about the benefits of active travel to school.

“Last year’s activities included walking school buses led by Vernon’s mayor and council members to encourage participation and awareness,” sad Tanya Laing Gahr, communications co-ordinator.

So far, Ellison and Alexis Park schools have signed up for 2015 events.

The general themes that are promoted during iWalk include increasing daily physical activity, improving safety, enhancing the environment, bringing the community together, reducing levels of crime, promoting social interaction and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

“Twenty-five years ago, 80 per cent of children from Grades 3 to 12 walked or biked to school without an adult,” said Laing Gahr.

“Now, only 20 per cent of Canadian children walk or bike to school.”

For more information on how to organize an iWalk event at your school, contact wmajewski@vernon.ca or visit ww.vernon.ca/vernonmoves.

 

Vernon Morning Star