IF five per cent more Australians walked regularly they would prevent about 1200 annual deaths caused by heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes.
Ultimately, the health benefits don’t get any clearer, according to the professor of public health at the University of NSW Adrian Bauman.
“The scientific evidence is overwhelming, and is now as strong as the relationship between tobacco and heart disease,” Prof Bauman said.
Less traffic and cleaner air are other benefits being promoted by organisers of today’s Walk to Work Day 1999.
As part of the exercise, breakfast will be provided for free between 7am and 9.30am today at Wynyard Park; Milsons Point; and Victoria Ave Mall, Chatswood.
- An unexpected boost to the Walk to Work day will be today’s bus strike during a four-hour stop work meeting of the Rail Tram and Bus Union from 10am.
The Union is pushing the State Transit Authority to withdraw a log of claims for 47 changes to working conditions contained in their new enterprise bargaining agreement.