Embracing the brisk autumn weather, École Gron Morgan Public School students are taking part in Walktober Month. The event is open to both children and adults, with prizes for both students and commuters. For several years, École Gron Morgan has had a Walking School Bus, led by parent Will Frederickson, and the group participates in many walking and wheeling events.
"Active travel is a great way for families to get physical activity, improve mental health, build the habit of active travel, and for children to learn independent mobility,” said April Hadley, Health Promoter at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and co-lead of Walk or Wheel Thunder Bay. “Active travel is a great choice for health and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, choosing to walk or wheel is a safe and healthy way to get to and from your destination."
Thunder Bay families are encouraged to walk throughout the month of October in order to promote healthy and active lifestyles and improve environmental sustainability. Families can visit ecosuperior.org for the chance to win prizes. The event is part of the Walk Or Wheel Thunder Bay (WOW TBay) and Commute Ontario projects.
“We are excited to bring Walktober Month to Thunder Bay,” said EcoSuperior Program Coordinator Caroline Cox. “Walking is fun, and it enables everyone to get fresh air and crunch the leaves under their feet. Walking has so many benefits beyond physical activity; it has been shown to improve mental health and attention at school, and it improves road safety and air quality.”
More information is available at www.ecosuperior.org.