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Health Unit Supports Kids Walking To School

Posted: 2019-10-02 09:36:10 By: hbr

This school year, students in Muskoka will be encouraged to walk and wheel on the journey to and from school through a collaborative project called “on the MOVE” — an active school travel partnership project led by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit set to launch today.

Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner said “Money spent to increase active school travel makes a difference. It builds healthy children by supporting physical and mental well-being and it improves attention and alertness for better academic performance.”

The goal of “on the MOVE” is to increase the number of students using active forms of transportation to and from school.

A Simcoe Muskoka Active School Travel Steering Committee has been formed to guide this project which includes members from 11 municipalities, including District of Muskoka, Bracebridge and Huntsville.

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has endorsed the project and Principal David Crawford from Macaulay Public School states “We are pleased to be participating in the School Travel Planning initiative. Huntsville Public School will also be participating as one of the schools in Muskoka.