Winter Walk Month – February 1st to 28th

Last Updated on: 25th January 2023, 03:59 pm

Stay active this winter by walking to school the whole way or part of the way!

Did you know that walking or rolling to school not only improves children’s health but can help improve academic performance? The increased physical activity improves alertness and attention span during the school day! An active school commute also reduces road congestion in school zones and greenhouse gas emissions – it’s a win-win for everyone!

Check out these activity ideas to celebrate Winter Walk Month

Animal Characters walking to school in winter clothing
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• Learn about pedestrian safety tips and have fun by colouring in this Colouring Book.
• Do a scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood by completing this I Spy Bingo Game.
• Practice your math and colouring skills by filling out this Count My Steps Activity.
• Track your active trips and earn treasures with the free, kid-friendly HOP! App and log your walks to school or in the community to be entered in a random prize draw to win a $50 gift card from Indigo/Chapters. www.123hop.ca
• Create your own Wordle game with winter walking words.
• Use the hashtags #GetYourWalkOn, #JourneyOutside, and #WinterWalkDay2023, on social media to share your journey.

For Teachers

Walking and wheeling to and from school is a great way to encourage physical activity among children and youth. Why not plan a Winter Walk Day at your school this February to encourage students to discover the benefits of physical activity?

Check out OSTA’s website for more resources and ideas

• Download our Toolkit for ideas, planning tips and tools to help you plan a winter walk day event this February.
• Apply for a Pitter Patter Grant to help offset some of the costs of your event.
• Encourage participation at your school by downloading and printing participation certificates and posting them in high-traffic areas at your school.
• If your school has a large number of students who travel by school bus, consider a school-wide outdoor event during the school day.
• Ottawa teachers are encouraged to join the Hop! Winter Walk Classroom Challenge. The classroom team that logs the most kilometres in the month of February will win a $100 gift card. Classroom teachers can create a team and join the challenge by emailing [email protected].  

Connect with EnviroCentre
To learn more about the School Active Transportation Program, visit envirocentre.ca/school-active-transportation.
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