SA’s biggest ever Walk To Work Day

 

National Walk to Work Day made history in South Australia and Australia with more people than ever putting their feet first – and their health – and walking to work this morning (01 October).

In a record turnout, 88 workplaces in the State turned themselves into Walking Workplaces for the event enabling many thousands of employees to benefit.

As well more than 1300 individual South Australians registered with the Pedestrian Council for the nationwide event – even though registration was optional.

Given that SA is home to about 7% of the national population, we punched well above our weight with more than 13% of the national individual registrations and more than 11% of the national workplace registrations.

The event if free to take part in and individuals who registered went into a draw to win one of two walking holidays in NZ or Tasmania (thanks to Wotif.com and Wotflight.com) or a pair of $200 Rockport walking shoes.

All individuals who register will receive a $25 voucher from Rockport.

Departments and companies participating in the state included: DFEEST, Sydac, Bunnings store in Mt Gambier, URS Australia, East Adelaide Medical Centre, Flinders, Noarlunga and the Repat hospitals, DENR, and the Royal Australian Navy’s SA headquarters at Keswick Barracks as well as many Health SA organisations across the State, such as Whyalla Hospital and Health Services.

Councils including Adelaide City Council, Unley, Tea Tree Gully and Campbelltown got behind the event while local MPs also on board were Rachel Sanderson (Adelaide), Ivan Venning (Schubert) and John Gardner (Morialta), urging their electorate workers to don their sneakers.

Walking Advocate Harold Scruby says: “More and more people – and organisations – are realising walking really works. Not only is it an easy way to get around, it’s effective exercise and a great way to improve productivity and satisfaction at work.

“Walking all or part of the way to work, walking up the stairs, walking at lunch time and walking home are all ways of building more walking into the lives of people at work.  Even 15 minutes before and after work each day can significantly enhance productivity and reduce absenteeism.

“Walking is free, it’s easy and almost everyone can and does walk – and benefit from doing so. Cycling to work is possible for a minority but most people walk even if it’s only from the bus stop – so getting off a couple of stops earlier and walking does them good,” he said.

National Walk to Work Day is in its 12th year as an annual event involving workers and workplaces around the country.

SA Contact: Chris Chalke on 0418 827 924 or chris_chalke@chalkepr.com.au

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