Esperance Express - Wednesday 7 October, 2009

Walking better for health

Walking better for heath

THE Esperance communitywas encouraged

to drag out their sneakers and walk

to work on Friday as part of a national

initiative Walk To Work Day.

Now in its seventh year, the walk

encourages Australians to walk all or

part of the way to work to improve their

health and contribute to a cleaner envi

ronment.

Member for Eyre Dr Graham Jacobs

- who makes the effort to jog daily and

has been doing so for the past 30 years -

emphasised the importance of walking

or running to work.

"I know myself that when I don't exercise

in the morning I just don't feel right.

"Healthy body healthy mind," Dr

Jacobs said.

WA Country Health Service,

Population Health Goldfields, health

promotion officer, Megan Press, said

that the day was an important reminder

of the need to reduce people's depend

ence

on cars and use walking as a form

of healthy and environmentally friendly

transport.

"Many people may find that their

work does not provide the opportunity

to do much physical activity during the

day, particularly those with long work

ing

hours, so walking all or part of the

way to work is a good way to get the rec

ommended

30 minutes of exercise each

day" she said.

Around half of Australian adults are

not active enough, while 25 per cent of

adults are obese and another 37 per cent

are overweight.

Federal Health Minister Nicola

Roxon, who was in Western Australia

during the day, said that not walking has

major implications for our health and

having an unhealthy diet are major risk

factors for a number of chronic diseases

including diabetes, heart disease, car

diovascular

disease and some cancers.

Walk to Work Day was established by

the Pedestrian Council of Aust ralia.