Cooks River Valley Times - Thursday 1 October, 2009

Walk to work day

CANTERBURY Council is getting behind the national Walk to

Work day this Friday October 2, and everyone is encouraged

to get walking.

Mayor Robert Furolo (pictured) said the initiative is a great

way to kick start a healthy habit and contribute toward a better

environment.

"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 weight gain but also a range of illnesses including

high blood pressure and cholesterol, depression, diabetes,

arthritis and cancer," he said.

"Most people are obviously not able to leave their car at home

all the time, but National Walk to Work Day makes us think

about the way we travel and how this affects our health and

our surroundings," Cr Furolo said.

"And remember, if you can't walk all the way, why not include

a walk at lunch, take the stairs instead of the lift or hop off

your bus a few stops earlier."