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Winter Walk Day

It's winter! Don't hibernate walk to school and celebrate!

Winter Walk Day

Wednesday, February 9th is Ontario's Winter Walk Day for schools.

Walk to school or at school for daily physical activity, a healthier environment, safer streets, making friends and ... having fun!

Register your school now.

Can't walk to school?

Hold a Winter Walk Day during school. Walk to the local skating rink for a skate or hold a Winter carnival in the school yard at lunch.

It's simple to be active in winter.
Here are some fun ideas to get your feet moving:

  • Get the whole school involved by posting student-made posters around the school
  • Allow students who travel to school by bus to walk the school perimeter or arrange for an alternate drop-off with adult supervision to allow the students to walk to school
  • Make a We WALK in Winter banner and display it prominently
  • Post announcements in the school newsletter or on the bulletin board
  • Air announcements on the school's PA system
  • Encourage students to write about their winter walk experiences in articles or poems or even raps
  • Invite local dignitaries to join you on your winter walk day: mayor, councilor, school trustee, police constable, and public health nurse
  • Alert your local media and get the community involved
  • Hand out our 'winter walk tags' and stickers to participating students
  • Hand out hot chocolate to walkers as they arrive at school

Make walking fun even in winter:

  • Have a friendly challenge between classes or even another school
  • Reward classes with the 'golden snow boot' award an old boot spray painted gold
  • Have the students challenge the teachers to walk in winter and track progress on the school bulletin board
  • Wear funky hats or decorate snow boots

Tips for dressing for winter walking:

  • Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
  • On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind
  • Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material it's important to be seen
  • If possible, change wet clothes at school tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into knapsacks
  • Below -25oC is considered too cold for walking so move your walk in-doors or select another day for outdoor activities or walking to school

Winter Walk Day Resources:

Ontario Ministry of Health Heart & Stroke Foundation - Finding answers. For life. Green Communities Canada
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