Phillip Island,
03
May
2013
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02:56
Australia/Melbourne

Take A Walk With Phillip Island Walking Group

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Living Healthy Bass Coast Project, along with the Heart Foundation, are set to launch a new walking group on Phillip Island.

The walking group's aim is to get more people physically active through helping them to start or join walking groups in their area.  The establishment of groups are funded by the Medibank Community Fund, Australian Government, ACT Health and Queensland Government, Heart Foundation Walking.

The Phillip Island Medical Group is supporting a new walking group in Cowes. Fritzie Homer, Diabetes Educator and Practice Nurse, encourages people of all ages and abilities to come along and join in the walking group.

“Phillip Island Medical Group recognises the importance of health promotion and prevention,” Ms Homer said.

“We all know and understand the benefits of keeping active.

“Council and the Heart Foundation have provided us with the resources to get started, it’s free, it's fun and it's organised for you - just come along every Wednesday.”

Ms Homer said they will be taking registrations at 9.00am on Wednesday, 8 May and will be off on their walk at 9.30am.

“We will be meeting every Wednesday at Grandview Family Clinic, entrance on Grandview Grove in Cowes at 9.30am from then onwards,” Ms Homer said.

Heart Foundation Walking groups are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The program has the added bonus of helping you stay motivated by providing a friendly social environment as well as a walker recognition scheme offering incentives at various walking milestones such as 25 walks.

“Participating in a regular walking group can help you become healthier through reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke and helping to reduce body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol,” Council’s Living Healthy in Bass Coast Project Coordinator, Kristen Yates-Matthews, said.

“People who enjoy regular physical activity live longer, feel more energetic, have stronger bones and muscles, feel more confident, happy, relaxed and are able to sleep better.”

For more information about Heart Foundation Walking visit www.heartfoundation.org.au/walking or contact the Heart Foundation on 1300 36 27 87.