Algoma Public Health and the Town of Blind River has launched the new Ontario Active School Program.

Also partnered with Green Communities Canada, the town received a $60,000 grant as well as another $62,000 of in-kind donations to develop the program.

Lauren Iles from Algoma Public Health says the program focuses on getting students walking or biking to and from school.

She adds a committee will be formed, which will develop plans to promote the healthy alternative for students.

Mayor Sally Hagman adds the funds will also be used to create safer school zones, reduce traffic and congestion while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

The next step, she adds, is to host a community survey on developing the program.

The program was officially launched on Monday.