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.

Erica EmeryCheck out our 2019-20 Walk & Roll Events Calendar!
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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!

Erica EmeryBike to School Week 2019 is May 27-31!
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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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Winter Walk Day – February 2019

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, all Halton schools were closed on Winter Walk Day. Students and school staff are encouraged to pick ANY DAY during the month of February to be their rescheduled Winter Walk Day!

 

Schools across the province will be participating in Winter Walk Day on February 6, 2019.

A great way to celebrate active winter travel is by holding an activity or event in your school community. Visit Ontario Active School Travel’s website for activity ideas and resources to help you plan and promote your Winter Walk Day events.

Register your school’s activities for a chance to win a prize!

Schools can share their Winter Walk Day experiences on Twitter using hashtags #WinterWalkDay and #emcHalton.

Follow us @EMCHalton to keep up to date on Winter Walk Day and much more!

Erica EmeryWinter Walk Day – February 2019
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Are you close enough to actively travel to your destination?

Our new interactive Walk & Roll Map app allows students, parents, and school administrators, to find their school on a map and estimate how long it would take for them to walk or bike to school.

Input your destinations into our Walk & Roll Map app and see if they are any active travel options you can utilize.

You’re closer than you think! 

Erica EmeryAre you close enough to actively travel to your destination?
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Put on your walking shoes or helmet because Every Metre Counts!

Our website Every Metre Counts is officially launching in October as part of International Walk to School Month activities.

What is Every Metre Counts?

Every Metre Counts is an online hub to find info to help you walk or roll to school or the bus stop. While the site is mainly geared to the school community, anyone who wants to stay active can check it out and get moving.

Need to know how far it is to your school?

Click on the walk and roll map, find your school name to see if it will take you approximately 0 to 5, 5 to 10, 10 to 20 or 20 to 30-minutes to walk to your school.

Will it make a difference?

Yes, it will. While there are many reasons for parents and kids to walk and roll together, there is also a friendly competition between school boards and individual schools. And, since the information you enter is available in real time, you can see your impact right away!

How can I get started?

Use our new Trip Counter app to calculate your trip to school in metres. Once you’ve done that, you can see:

  • The leading Halton school board and age group (elementary vs secondary school)
  • Total metres travelled
  • Students’ commuting preference such as walk, scooter, bike, blade and board
  • The Top 10 Active Schools
  • Active travel vs driving

What’s next?

Check out the site’s calendar which highlights upcoming active activities.

November’s activity is to organize an Anti-Idling Campaign. If you’re in Burlington and need resources for your campaign, including posters, bookmarks, stickers or to borrow a large outdoor banner that can be attached to a fence on school property to remind drivers to turn off their engines, contact environment@burlington.ca.

Take action, Halton! Let’s encourage our youth to walk or roll to school for their health and our environment. Collectively, we can make a difference.

Credit: Take Action Burlington – Link here

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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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