October 2, 2007
Media Release

For Immediate Release October 3rd is International Walk to School Day

NEWMARKET – York Region will be one of many communities in Ontario and around the world participating in IWALK (International Walk to School Day) on Wednesday, October 3, 2007. 
This popular event encourages students and families to use active, rather than vehicular, transportation whenever possible.  Walking instead of driving short distances, increases physical activity, improves pedestrian safety, reduces traffic congestion, decreases air pollution and develops community cohesion and social interaction.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 3rd
  Walk commences at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Highgate Public School
 35 Highgate Drive, Town of Markham
WHAT: This school has been chosen as the media school for this year’s event. In addition to a selection of activities the students, families and staff have planned to promote walking more and driving less, approximately 600 people will participate in the province-wide attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for the largest number of people walking one kilometre simultaneously.
WHO:  Students, families and staff of Highgate Public School
  York Region Health Services staff
• IWALK is part of York Region's larger, ongoing efforts to encourage students and their families to use active transportation including walking, biking and in-line skating whenever possible
• It is anticipated that over 2400 Ontario schools will participate in IWALK this year
• IWALK is suitable for all schools.  Even schools who have a large number of bussed students can offer alternative physical activities at school during this day and week
• York Region works in partnership with the school community to find creative ways to fit physical activity into every child's school day through the Healthy Schools Program
• This year, schools will be joined by clubs, community groups, workplaces, municipal governments and individuals in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people walking one kilometre at the same time
• The current record is held by Western Australia with 100,915 participants (2006)
For more information on International Walk to School Day or other health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Health Educator – Media, York Region
 Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell 905 716-2717
 Email: jennifer.mitchell-emmerson@york.ca

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