- Monday 04 May 2015
Council invites residents to get involved in one of the many free Heart Foundation Walking groups during Heart Week, which runs until Saturday.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Heart Foundation Walking was Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, with volunteer walk organisers leading the walks.
“Council has supported Heart Foundation Walking for a number of years and in 2015 the program celebrates 20 years in Australia,” Cr McKay said.
“During Heart Week, it is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of health issues and the risks of sustained physical inactivity under the banner of Move More, Sit Less.
“It is concerning that two out of three Australians aged 15 and over are either sedentary or have low levels of exercise.
“Statistics show physical inactivity causes an estimated 14,000 deaths each year, and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.
“Being active every day, even in small ways such as taking a walk at lunchtime or taking regular breaks from sitting at work, is a great way of improving overall health and wellbeing.
“Walking, in particular, is a perfect way to improve heart health in a friendly and social environment.
“There are more than 40 local Heart Foundation Walking groups on the Sunshine Coast, so why not join one today.”
To join a Heart Foundation Walking group near you call 1300 362 787 or visit Council’s website and search Heart Foundation walking.