Att: Ms Phynea Papal
‘By 2025, a total of 4.6 million Australians are projected to be obese’ 1 - Don’t be one of them!
Get walking on Friday 3 October, which is National Walk to Work Day (WTWD).
RPH Acting Director of Nursing Carmel McCormack said walking is such a simple activity, yet the majority of Australians don’t do enough of it. This is one of the key reasons that currently over half of the Australian population is overweight or obese.
“National Walk to Work Day is the perfect time to stop making excuses, do something good for yourself and develop a new healthy habit of regular physical activity. Even if our staff can’t walk to work, they are encouraged to get involved and come along on the lunch time walk. After all, walking is an easy, enjoyable, safe and sociable method of exercise and it makes you feel great,” said Ms McCormack.
National Walk to Work Day is held annually to remind all Australians that regular physical activity such as walking is a great way to not only avoid obesity but also a range of illnesses including high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.
The facts speak for themselves. Access Economics estimates that productivity losses due to obesity are at $3.6 billion and a further $2 billion in health costs, while the combined financial costs of the obesity related ‘big three’ is $19.5 billion dollars per annum. (Diabetes $3 billion; cardio vascular disease $13.1 billion; and cancers $3.4 billion). Meanwhile, 23.8% of Type 2 diabetes and 21.3% of Cardio Vascular Disease is caused by obesity. Obesity and being overweight are also important causes of cancer, particularly cancers of the colon (11%), breast cancer in post-menopausal women (9%), uterus (39%), kidney (25%), oesophagus (37%) and gall bladder (24%).
“Maintaining some form of regular physical activity is so important and there are so many benefits to your health,” Ms McCormack said.
“RPH already has many initiatives in place to encourage staff to exercise regularly, including lunch time walking groups and early morning swimming groups, but I would like to urge even more of our staff to get involved on Walk to Work Day and join me for a lunch time walk,” Ms McCormack said.
Walking, along with other therapies, can also be used to overcome mild to moderate depression which accounts for three to four days off work per month for each person experiencing depression – the equivalent of more than six million working days per year in Australia2. Undiagnosed depression costs $4.3 billion dollars in lost productivity annually3.
“WTWD is truly an event for everyone. We are 100 per cent behind this campaign because like many other public and private organisations across Australia, we believe the benefits of encouraging people to get fit and healthy by walking more, far outweighs the costs.“
Organisations and individuals can register for Walk to Work Day at www.walk.com.au . There is no cost to register or participate.
For more information or to set up a photo shot of Royal Perth Hospital staff walking, in preparation for Walk to Work Day, please contact:
Karen Kerlin Joanne Hill
PR Coordinator PR Manager
Walk to Work Day
Phone 0414 443 964 Phone 0404 894 034
2 Andrews G, Hall W, Teesson M, and Henderson S. (1999). The Mental Health of Australians. Mental Health Branch, Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.
3 Hilton, M. (2004). Assessing the financial return on investment of good management strategies and the WORC Project. The