Pedestrian Council of Australia
Safety – Amenity – Access – Health


 28 September 2009

Cairns 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.

Cairns 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.

In the Cairns region Healthy Inspirations, Queensland Rail (QR) and Nicholl Holdings will all be joining in walk to work day. Approximately 30 Healthy Inspirations staff and clients will walk around Redlynch from 7- 8am, concluding with a healthy breakfast back at the Healthy Inspirations Fitness Centre.  Approximately 10 QR staff will walk from Brinsmead to the QR Depot at Portsmith.

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 (Cairns)
WHO:  Healthy Inspirations (Redlynch)
WHEN:  Friday 2 October 2009, 7.00am -  8.00am
WHERE: Healthy Inspirations Redlynch, Redlynch Shopping Centre AND QR Depot Portsmith
CONTACT:  Amanda Stubbs - Walk to Work Day Organiser (0418 713 760)
Melissa Foggin - Healthy Inspirations (4039 4902)
Steven Ballegooyen - Queensland Rail (0407 763 648)

Harold Scruby from the Pedestrian Council of Australia said:
"What a way for Cairns 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.
"Walking is one of the best ways to exercise and its environmentally-friendly transport. So many of us reach for the car or hail a taxi when really, we could - and should - walk. 
 "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)