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Cancer Council National Walk to Work Day returns

Posted 15 September 2011 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon is encouraging the community to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle as well as help the environment by participating in the Cancer Council National Walk to Work Day on Friday, 16 September 2011.

Mayor McMahon said regular walking is not only great exercise but also improves physical, social and mental health, and lowers the risk of life threatening illnesses including heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

“By leaving your car at home and hitting the pavement on Cancer Council National Walk to Work Day, you will also help reduce congestion on our local roads,” he said.

Mayor McMahon said that people can participate by walking all or part of the way to work.

“Use public transport and get off the bus or train a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way,” he said.

“If you have to drive, leave the car at least a kilometre or two from your destination and walk the remaining distance.

“If you cannot walk all or part of the way to work, why not go for a 30 minute walk at lunchtime and take the stairs where possible instead of a lift.”

Mayor McMahon said Council actively promotes staff health and wellbeing by offering discount membership rates at Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre, and encouraging work-life balance through its employment policies.

“Regular exercise is most beneficial as it increases employee wellbeing and improves productivity in the workplace, making it a win-win situation for all,” he said.

Now in its 13th year, Cancer Council National Walk to Work Day is an annual Pedestrian Council of Australia initiative aimed at engaging the community in a healthy and environmentally friendly activity.

For more information visit http://www.walk.com.au

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