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Students at Our Lady of Lourdes Don’t Let the Weather Get Them Down – Winter Walk Day is Coming!
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School celebrates Winter Walk Day 2014 on Wednesday, February 19th.  This winter walk event is part of a larger School Travel Planning initiative, which will outline barriers to walking, assess the built environment in the school neighbourhood and develop and implement action plans to increase active travel to school.
The idea is for families and friends to walk together. Over half of the students at Our Lady of Lourdes are already walking to school regularly.
“We are encouraging walking as a way to increase physical activity, create a deeper connection to the community, find joy in the surroundings and meet people along the way,” says Principal Jo Nazar. “Regular exercise reduces and helps students arrive to school more alert and ready to learn.”
The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mandate is to put heart health on the public agenda, empowering Canadians to take action to support their own health though heart healthy activities like walking and other active travel modes even in winter
Our children are our future and we need to work together to create communities that encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle for our kids,” said Colleen Hill, Manager, Heart Healthy Children and Youth.  “Getting kids to walk to school is a great first step and there's no better time to start than right now. By increasing their physical activity and making walking or wheeling to school safe, we can ensure a brighter future for our children."
Green Communities Canada’s Active & Safe Routes to School adopted Winter Walk Day to promote heart health to elementary schools, children and parents and encourage families to overcome the barrier of inclement weather and use active transportation in winter. Schools hold winter walks, cross country-ski events, skating challenges, and even cycling on Canada’s milder west coast.
Children and their parents/caregivers will walk to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and be greeted with warm beverages and stickers in the school library, 444 Sherbourne Street in downtown Toronto.
“Although the health benefits of active transportation are well documented, schools and families participate because it’s fun!” says Green Communities’ Jacky Kennedy. “Winter Walk Day is just one more opportunity to promote and advocate for walkable communities and to remember that even in winter people like to be active outdoors.”
Funding for the School Travel Planning project at Our Lady of Lourdes is provided through the Heart and Stroke Foundation and RioCan.