Walking matters!Ottawa Public Health’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, participated in the Winter Walk to School Day on Feb. 13. The annual Winter Walk to School Day and the partnership between the City of Ottawa, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Community Foundation of Ottawa and Heart and Stroke Foundation helps promote sustainable forms of transportation to school - such as walking and cycling - for increased physical activity, improved student and environmental well-being. Ottawa Public Health has worked with community partner Green Communities Canada (GCC) to support the implementation of the School Travel Planning (STP) project in Ottawa schools. STP is a community-based program which applies a process that has been used with success in other cities and countries to increase the number of children and their parents choosing to walk and cycle to and from school.Every February, Winter Walk to School Day is marked by schools and municipalities across Canada and around the globe to raise awareness of the benefits and ease of walking to school, even during winter. The Ottawa project was introduced to ten schools (eight elementary, two secondary) in 2009-2011. In 2011-2013, it will expand to an additional eight elementary and six secondary schools. For more ideas to get you moving, visit ottawa.ca/health read more..