With the warmer weather on the way, spring is a great time for Molong residents to start walking for their health, and with the support of the free Heart Foundation Walking program, it’s easy to do.
With already more than 20,000 walkers across the country, the Heart Foundation is hoping to recruit 3,000 new walkers during spring.
As an incentive to get more people hitting the streets, any new walker who registers during September and October and completes a minimum of six walks with their new group will get a free Kobo e-book reader, valued at $129.
Nic Parr, Molong HealthOne Community Nurse said the Heart Foundation is in the middle of a major push to recruit thousands of walkers to help Aussies live more active, healthier lives and it would be great to see Molong residents get involved.
“Walking for just 30 minutes a day can help you maintain a healthy weight, increase fitness and strength, improve your self-esteem and mental health and cut your risk of heart disease by almost half,” said Nic.
Heart Foundation Walking groups walk regularly all over Australia, including the Cabonne area, and are a great way to have fun, meet new people and look after your heart health.
“Joining a Heart Foundation Walking group can help you stay motivated to exercise regularly and provides you with social support, health information and newsletters,” Nic said.
Cheryn Johnson, Molong HealthOne Coordinator/Fitness leader, said there are groups catering for all sorts of people and fitness levels and everyone is welcome, including prams and dogs.
“We encourage people to ‘walk and talk’, so it is very much a social outlet as well as an activity program,” she said.
Registration has already commenced and closes on 31 October 2014. Full details can be found at www.heartfoundation.org.au/walking, or by contacting email@example.com or 1300 36 27 87.
Heart Foundation Walking is funded nationally by the Medibank Community Fund and the ACT Government through ACT Health.
Contact Molong HealthOne 6392 3400 for further details.