Pedestrian Council of Australia
Safety – Amenity – Access – Health


 25 September 2009

The Gold Coast will be putting its best foot forward on Friday 2 October as hundreds of residents pound the pavement for National Walk to Work Day, helping the nation stride towards better health and cleaner air.

Gold Coast employees of all ranks will join walkers from companies around Australia as they make walking a priority.  Those that can't walk to work will take a walk at lunchtime, walk to their first appointment or get off the train or bus a few stops on the way home, and walk the rest of the way.

On the Gold Coast region staff and clients from Healthy Inspirations centres in Helensvale and Elanora  (run by a mum and daughter team) will join other local businesses to celebrate Walk to Work Day.

Recent data from the Federal Health Department notes that 72% of Australians have low exercise levels and a shocking 61.3% of adults in Australia are overweight or obese.  In addition, the transport sector (including cars) is responsible for 16% of green house gas emissions, with this statistic continuing to grow.  Walking is a great way to beat obesity and reduce our carbon footprint.

WHAT:  National Walk to Work Day (Gold Coast)

WHERE: Healthy Inspirations Helensvale
  Shop 33 Helensvale Plaza Shopping Centre
  12a St John's Overall Drive.  Participants will walk a circuit around Helensvale

WHO:  Healthy Inspirations (instructors, clients and local business walk to work)

WHEN:  Friday 2 October 2009 6.30 am-7.30 am.  Breakfast 7.30 am- 9.00 am. With Walk to Work Day gym classes all day

CONTACT:  Amanda Stubbs   Walk to Work Day Organiser (0418 713 760)
  Cathy Atallah/Natalie Frazer Healthy Inspirations 5580 6600/0412 507 960

Harold Scruby from the Pedestrian Council of Australia said:

"What a way for the Gold Coast to start the day - with a wonderful walk! It's fantastic to see so many people - from all around the country - are leaving the car at home this morning to enjoy a walk to work instead.

 "Walking regularly is not only an effective way to get around, it can be a good medicine, to help prevent obesity, diabetes, heart illnesses and depression.

"The AMA officially prescribed a doctor's prescription to each and every Australian, effective today. The script is simple. A 30 minute dose of walking commenced today on National Walk to Work Day, repeat daily, 365 days a year.

"If walking all the way to work is impractical, get off the train or bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way, park the car a few blocks away and walk or walk at lunch time."

PLEASE CONTACT:  Amanda Stubbs (0418 713 760)