Pedestrian Council of Australia
Safety – Amenity – Access – Health


be active on Walk to Work Day!

All South Australian Government employees are encouraged to walk to work on Friday 2 October for National Walk to Work Day 2009.

National Walk to Work Day (WTWD) is a great opportunity for us all to get some extra physical activity in our day - and this year there's a chance to win a Walking Holiday for 2 in New Zealand.

Shocking new information released from the Federal Health Department has reported that an incredible 61.3% of adults in Australia are overweight or obese and 72% of us do not exercise enough.  Did you know that about half of South Australian adults are not active enough to gain any health benefits?

According to the National Physical Activity Guidelines, adults need to find 30 minutes or more of physical activity on most days. Walking to work is a great chance to get your daily dose of physical activity.

If you live too far to walk to work, you can get involved by:

  • Jumping off the bus, train or tram a stop early and walking the rest of the way
  • Walking to your first appointment from the office
  • Not using the lifts all day and climbing the stairs
  • Parking the car further from work and walking the extra distance
  • Going for a walk on your lunch break

WTWD is a Pedestrian Council of Australia initiative supported by all State and Territory governments including South Australia, and is consistent with the SA Government's be active message ( - which encourages us all to be physically active as often as possible, in as many ways as possible.

Not only does the annual event promote regular walking as a healthy activity, but also aims to reduce reliance on private cars and promote the use of public transport, and to improve air quality by reducing unnecessary vehicle emissions.

In simple terms, WTWD promotes better health, cleaner air, less traffic, and improved public transport.

For more information, log on to and register as an individual to enter the draw for the walking holiday.