Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association - Thursday 15 September 2011

Tomorrow is Cancer Council walk to work day

Whether you work in an office, hospital, shop, restaurant or on a building site, everyone can participate in Cancer Council Walk to Work Day by walking all or part of the way to work.

Cancer Council CEO, Prof Ian Olver said about 30 per cent of cancers can be prevented through living a healthy lifestyle, which includes good nutrition and regular exercise.  And for most Australians, walking regularly is the best exercise, especially as it can be built into our daily routines.

Regular walking helps beat obesity, prevents diseases, improves mental health and enhances general well-being,” Professor Olver said.

This Friday, if you simply can’t walk all or part of the way to work, then take a walk at lunch time or use the stairs.  Try to get out of your chair at least once an hour and just walk around.  Walking is the easiest and most practical way of increasing your daily exercise.”

Walking is easy:
• If you can’t walk all the way, use public transport and get off the bus, train, tram or ferry a few stops early and walk the rest of your journey
• If you must drive, leave the car at least a kilometre from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
• Take a half-hour walk at lunchtime and where possible, use the stairs.
• If you are required to sit a lot at work, get up and walk around at least once every hour.
• Conduct ‘walk and talk’ meetings instead of sitting around a meeting table.

Walk to Work Day will be raising funds for Cancer Council. Individuals and workplaces who register at walk.com.au  are given the opportunity to build a fundraising page where they can raise funds for Cancer Council just for walking to work on 16 September.

Registration is free and there are great prizes to be won when you register:

Cancer remains one of Australia’s biggest health problems and is expected to claim over 40,000 Australians in 2011. An estimated 114,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia in 2010. And 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

Visit walk.com.au for more information and to register your organisation as a Walking Workplace.

Media Contact: Kate Dorrell, Cancer Council Australia 02 8063 4153
 
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