Practicing what it preaches
By Stephanie Zhang
The Heart Foundation leaders practiced what they preach on May 25 when they held “walking meetings” around Victoria Green.
As they walked along the path, they paired up with people from different backgrounds to get to know each other better.
The Heart Foundation is encouraging physical activity to strengthen Australia’s heart health. It has 101 walking groups in Melbourne.
Heart Foundation national CEO, Professor John Kelly, recommends gradually building up walking distances.
“It can be as easy as getting off the bus two stops early, parking further away from the office, or changing your usual walking route to explore different areas of your neighbourhood,” he said.
Regular walking is associated with healthy ageing, stronger muscles and bones, and decreases risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke.