Thousands of Australians will be leaving their cars at home today (Friday) and donning their sandshoes to celebrate Walk to Work Day 2003 and advocate a healthier, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The choice to walk to work will be led by His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC, The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Her Excellency Mrs Marlena Jeffery.
The Governor-General and Mrs Jeffery will be encouraging all Australians to MAKE TIME to WALK EVERY DAY – and become Walking Class Heroes – as they lead a walk down
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The PCA is urging Australians to leave their cars at home and instead use a combination of walking and public transport to get to work in a healthier, more efficient way. If for some this is impossible, then commuters are encouraged to leave their cars at least 1 km from work and walk the rest of the way.
According to the Federal Department of Health and Ageing, there has been a significant increase in overweight people in the last 20 years. Today 65% of men, 45% of women and 20-25% of children are considered overweight or obese.
Walk to Work Day is now in its sixth year and the PCA is inviting every Australian to become a Walking Class Hero and include 30 minutes of walking in their daily routine so they can achieve better health, cleaner air, less traffic and improved transport
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