All across Canberra, thousands of people are joining the walking class this morning as they participate in the national Walk to Work Day.
From humble cleaners to busy departmental secretaries, employees of all kinds from companies and organisations across the ACT are making walking a priority, for better health and cleaner air.
Those that can't walk to work are asked to take a walk at lunchtime, walk to their first appointment or get off the train or bus a few stops on the way home tonight, and walk the rest of the way.
WHAT: Heart Foundation ACT leads a morning walk through Floriade
WHEN: from 7:15am, Friday 2 October 2009
WHERE: starting from Floriade's Regatta Point gate
CONTACT: Jennifer Rayner - 0407 914 174
Harold Scruby from the Pedestrian Council of Australia said:
"What a way for Australians to start the day - with a wonderful walk! It's fantastic to see so many people - from all around the country - are leaving the car at home this morning to enjoy a walk to work instead.
"Walking regularly is not only an effective way to get around, it can be a good medicine, to help prevent obesity, diabetes, heart illnesses and depression.
"The AMA officially prescribed a doctor's prescription to each and every Australian, effective today. The script is simple. A 30 minute dose of walking commenced today on National Walk to Work Day, repeat daily, 365 days a year.
"Walking is one of the best ways to exercise and its environmentally-friendly transport. So many of us reach for the car or hail a taxi when really, we could - and should - walk.
"Walk to Work Day is a wonderful way to kick start a healthy habit in all of us - one that can be sustained throughout the year. You don't need to buy any equipment to walk to work, it's free and easy for most of us.
"If walking all the way to work is impractical, get off the train or bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way, park the car a few blocks away and walk or walk at lunch time."
For information, pictures or interviews contact Jennifer Rayner at Morris Walker 02 6162 0021 m: 0407 914 174 e: firstname.lastname@example.org