February 3, 2016
Winter Walk Day offers a great opportunity to promote bundling up and enjoying a brisk walk to school. Walking to school can be exhilarating and fun and lay the groundwork for improved academic performance.
Tips for a safe and comfortable winter walk include:
- 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.
- Wear woolen clothing to help retain 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.
- Avoid outdoor walking when the temperature falls below -25oC. It’s too cold. Move your walk indoors or select another day for outdoor activities or walking to school.
Canada Walk’s Active and Safe Routes to School website offers suggestions for celebrating Winter Walk Day and events for students who can’t walk to school.
You can download posters and find more information about this annual event by visiting http://www.saferoutestoschool.ca/winter-walk-day-ideas
We’d love to hear about your Winter Walk Day 2016 experiences – please send quotes and photos of your celebrations to [email protected].