Bass Coast,
08
August
2013
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07:43
Australia/Melbourne

Heart Foundation Impressed With Local Program

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The Living Healthy in Bass Coast project received the praise of the Heart Foundation last week after a visit from Project Officer, Tara Henderson.

Keen to see the success of the project, Ms Henderson was joined by Councillors Bradley Drew and Neil Rankine, along with Council’s Community Strengthening Manager, Antoinette Mitchell for a sunny morning walk with the Sea Salt Walkers in Cape Paterson. Ms Henderson then paid a visit to the innovative Wonthaggi Medical Centre walking program, which offers patients and local residents the opportunity to participate in walking groups led by their practice’s own staff each week.

“Bass Coast has done a wonderful job with the implementation of Heart Foundation Walking,” Ms Henderson said.

“It’s great to see different community groups achieving their daily physical activity levels by participating in Heart Foundation Walking, and also meeting new faces in their community along the way.

“Walkers tell us they join Heart Foundation Walking Groups for health reasons but stay for the social reasons!”

Ms Mitchell said the Living Healthy in Bass Coast project started the Cape Paterson walking group in partnership with the Sea Salt Cafe as a way of getting the community involved in exercise.

“In turn, we found a vibrant community with willing leaders to expand the project and make the walking project an important part of the township,” Ms Mitchell said.

“At the Wonthaggi Medical Centre, Gayle Bloch is leading the way with her team of walk organisers who lead twice a week walking programs along the walking paths of Wonthaggi.

“With over 40 walkers registered, this program provides a safe and supported environment for people to walk with others, regardless of age or ability.”

There are a range of new walking groups now up and walking across Bass Coast Shire. Sign up to one of them today or enquire about how to start your own with our support. Visit our website - http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/Leisure/Living_Healthy_Bass_Coast or call the team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) for more information.