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Wangaratta’s ‘Walk to School’ Program secures win in Community Activation category at Fitness Australia awards

Wangaratta’s ‘Walk to School’ Program secures win in Community Activation category at Fitness Australia awards
May 19, 2020

The Wangaratta ‘Walk to School’ program, coordinated by Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre (YMCA) has been announced as the winner of the Community Activation Award today, at the sixth instalment of the 2020 virtual Australian Fitness Awards ceremony.

Sponsored by Guild Super, the Community Activation Award aims to recognise programs and initiatives that are making a positive contribution to the community by encouraging and supporting active and healthy lifestyle choices.

As part of Victoria Health’s state wide ‘Walk to School’ initiative, the Wangaratta YMCA coordinated the regions ‘Walk to School’ program in partnership with the Rural City of Wangaratta Council, Northeast Health, Gateway Health and GoTafe to deliver a range of activities to encourage families in the region to be more active during the four-week program.

The program aims to teach kids that getting active to and from school is fun, instils healthy habits that families can use for life and also informs children about safe travel.

With all schools participating across the Wangaratta region, a total of 2370 local students walking, riding and scooting an impressive 30,630 kilometres during the four-week program in October 2018, all businesses and community members involved have been recognised for making an outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of the community by encouraging healthy and active lifestyle education.

Fitness Australia assembled an expert panel, consisting of a diverse group of industry representatives, conducted a thorough assessment of each finalist across a range of areas including professionalism, customer care, knowledge and skills, safety, and leadership to select the category winners.

The next virtual award ceremony will take place on Thursday 21st May and will announce this year’s Personal Trainer of the Year, sponsored by Lorna Jane.

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