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Pedalling health message

SAFE RIDING: (From back left) Ipswich City Council City Infrastructure Committee chairwoman Cr Cheryl Bromage, Churchill State School Principal Jodie Jones, Sue Miles from the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund and Churchill State School students (from front left) Aaron Hill and Madisyn Griffiths.
SAFE RIDING: (From back left) Ipswich City Council City Infrastructure Committee chairwoman Cr Cheryl Bromage, Churchill State School Principal Jodie Jones, Sue Miles from the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund and Churchill State School students (from front left) Aaron Hill and Madisyn Griffiths. Contributed

CHURCHILL State School students are putting their best pedalling feet forward as they gear up to take part in the Healthy Active School Program.

The initiative encourages school-aged children to walk and cycle to school to improve their health and physical activity.

Churchill SS was one of five Ipswich primary schools invited to participate in the 2013 program.

The program is a Federal Government initiative and rolled out through The Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Health and local councils.

Principal Jodie Jones said 80 students from Years 4 and 5 were taking part in this year's HAST bicycle education program.

Ms Jones said the school was located on a busy road so it was vital the school's students gained as much awareness as possible about safe cycling practices.

She said since the program was introduced, the school had seen a rise in the number of younger students who were travelling to school by bicycle.

To encourage the students' participation in the HAST program pupils were given an active travel passport.

They received stamps in the passport each Wednesday and Friday when they either walked, rode or scootered to school.

Once 10 stamps were collected students were rewarded with special items such as computer passes, backpacks and water bottles. Ms Jones said parents especially had embraced this concept.

"The school's bicycle rack now being full even on days when no bicycle education classes are scheduled," she said.

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