October is International Walk to School Month!

International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is an annual mass celebration of active transportation taking place around the world every October. Hundreds of Ontario schools participate in IWALK each year, with many holding their events on IWALK Day – Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Ontario Active School Travel provides the following great resources to help with planning and promoting IWALK events in your school community.

Register your IWALK event for a chance to win prizes!

Register your IWALK event through Ontario Active School Travel to be entered into draws for prizes, and receive a Certificate of Recognition.

You are also helping to demonstrate how the active school travel movement continues to grow across the province!


Share your IWALK activities with us on Twitter!

#InternationalWalktoSchoolDay        #IWALK2019        #JourneyOutside        #Walk2School        #EMC

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Check out our 2019-20 Walk & Roll Events Calendar!

To help keep you motivated to use active transportation all year long, we have created an event calendar that highlights specific holidays, events and activities that you can participate in with fellow community members and stay active together!

We are always adding new events, so check back often!

Got room on your fridge? A printable version of the calendar is also available.

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Summer has arrived! Make the most of it with these helpful resources!

Summer is here!

Time to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Luckily for us, Halton Region offers countless hiking trails, cycling routes, parks, and events to help keep you active all season long.

Share your active adventures with us by tweeting @EMCHalton!

Hiking Resources

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Bike to School Week 2019 is May 27-31!

Bike to School Week is the kick-off event to Bike Month, May 27 – June 30, a healthy active living initiative. Students are encouraged to use active forms of transportation such as riding bikes or scooters and walking or rolling to school or bus stops.

Schools that register their activities for Bike to School Week are eligible to win prizes!

New to this year, the City of Burlington and the Town of Oakville will be raffling off outdoor bike pumps to schools that are participating in the event, so be sure to register!

Share your school’s Bike to School Week efforts on Twitter using the hashtags: #biketoschoolHCDSB #biketoschool #EMCHalton

For more information, follow @EMCHalton @HCDSB_eco @EcoSchoolsHDSB on Twitter!

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Let’s get moving Halton!

There is a lot to look forward to this spring and summer Halton Region! As the spring starts to warm up, and the summer days start shining through; it’s time to get outside and get moving. Did you know that getting as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can deliver huge benefits for our bodies? From biking/walking with friends and family, to playing sports throughout the day, getting outside and being active will provide your bodies with huge benefits. Here are some examples of the benefits that could help boost your health and well-being.

  1. Increased heart health
    Lifelong heart health begins with the habits we build as children and youth – by exercising for 30 minutes a day you keep your heart happy and the blood flow moving – so hop, skip, run or bike on the school journey!

  2. Helps keep you in shape
    By exercising for 30 minutes a day you can keep your growing body strong and in shape. As you stick with it you will start a great routine for the future.

  3. Reduces stress levels and mood booster
    If you’re having, or have had a rough day at school/work, exercising will increase your brain activity and the positive chemicals in your brain. This will help reduce your stress levels and help create a strong mental capacity.

  4. Improves your memory
    School can be tough! Going for a nice 30 minute bike ride with friends and family can help boost your memory and help you remember all the information you’re learning.

  5. Gives you an energy booster
    After a long day everyone feels their tank hitting empty. Instead of going inside and sitting on the couch, get outside and get your body moving! Those 30 minutes of exercise will help get oxygen and nutrients to your brain and muscles while giving your body the shakeup it needs to stay energized.

  6. Stirs up creativity
    Having trouble with a project? Can’t figure out a problem? Taking a half hour break and going for a walk or bike ride, will help get your creative juices flowing and can give you the inspiration you need to get that work done.

  7. Helps improve confidence
    Some days you may feel like you’re in the dumps. However, if you take the time to get active and get outside, those sunny rays will kick out those gloomy feelings and will have you feeling better than ever.
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Active Activity Ideas

Weekly Walk to School Days

Pick one or two days a week to promote active transportation to and from school (walking, biking, rolling, etc.) to students. Some ideas include:

School staff are encouraged to keep track of the total number of metres walked to school and enter it into our new Trip Counter app! This information is then displayed in a variety of ways, including by school and board comparisons.

Kilometre Club

Create a Kilometre Club at your school where students can get together during recess or lunch and walk or jog around the school yard.

  1. School staff first have to determine the distance of one lap around the yard, so that students know how many laps are required to reach one kilometre.
  2. Popsicle sticks (or something similar) can be used as a method to track the number of kilometres completed by students. Each student receives one popsicle stick for every kilometre completed.
  3. Back in the classroom, students count the popsicle sticks collected by the entire class to get the total kilometres traveled.

Each week, total the kilometres completed by all participating classes for the school total.

Setting Distance Goals

Create distance goals to get students excited about staying active. Some popular distance goals include:

  • Walk across Halton 45 km
  • Walk across Ontario 2,100 km
  • Walk across Canada 4,828 km
  • Walk around the Earth 40,000 km
  • Walk to the Moon 384,400 km

Golden Shoe Award

One way schools can encourage participation (and add some friendly competition!) is by making a “Golden Shoe Award” out of an old sneaker that is spray-painted gold. This prestigious award can go to the class with the highest percentage of students who use active transportation to get to school, the class that reached their distance goal first, etc.

Share Your Activities!

We would love to hear about how your school encourages active transportation! Share your story and photos with us by email everymetrecounts@gmail.com or Twitter @EMCHalton.

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