Manning River Times - Wednesday 30 September, 2009

Leap for good health

A leap for good health

30/09/2009 8:45:00 AM
THE Australian Medical Association (AMA) has issued an Australia-wide doctors prescription to walk 30 minutes each day, starting with Walk to Work Day this Friday and Greater Taree City Council has taken up the challenge.

Now in its seventh year, National Walk to Work Day is an annual event that sees Australians walk part or all of the way to work, for better health and cleaner air.

Greater Taree City Council mayor, Cr Paul Hogan is encouraging all residents and businesses to follow the doctor's orders and 'Walk to Work' this Friday.

"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," said Cr Hogan.

Federal vice president of the AMA, Dr Steve Hambleton encourages all Australians to take this script very seriously.

"It is just as important as a script for heart medication, anti-depressants, diabetic medication or anti-cancer medication. If you follow my walking script as prescribed and take it with a healthy diet, it will reduce the risk that your doctor will have reason to write you these other scripts later in life," said Dr Hambleton.

Recent data from the Federal Health Department notes that 72 per cent of Australians have low exercise levels and a shocking 61.3 per cent of adults in Australia are overweight or obese.

If walking all the way to work is impractical the AMA suggests getting off the train or bus a stop early and walking the rest of the way, parking the car a few blocks away and walking or taking a walk at lunch time.

Organisations from all walks of industry and business are being encouraged to register for National Walk to Work Day.

Registering as a Corporate Ambassador is a simple and easy way for organisations to demonstrate their support for better health and cleaner air.

As well as organisations getting behind National Walk to Work Day, individuals are being invited to register as a Walking Class Hero to go in the draw to win a Walking Holiday in New Zealand. For more information and to register visit www.walk.com.au.