New group to walk for healthy hearts
COMMUNITY members joined PCYC Queensland’s Indigenous Programs and the Heart Foundation to kick-start a new walking group for heart health.
Zillmere PCYC started the new Heart Foundation Walking group and is looking for walkers to join in and be rewarded for walking.
The walking group is for all members of the community, but organisers would like to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join.
At the inaugural event, the group walked from Shorncliffe Pier to Arthur Davis Park and then had lunch.
PCYC Indigenous Programs general manager Andy Cassidy said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were three times more likely to have a heart attack and were dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) at almost twice the rate of non-indigenous Australians and at a much younger age.
“Including the Heart Foundation Walking program as a free activity across our Indigenous Community Sport and Recreation Program locations is a great way of getting all members of the community exercising and interacting,” Mr Cassidy said.
“The benefits of group walking is enormous, not only for physical health, but also the for the mental health benefits of social connections.
“Walking together to tackle chronic disease is a step towards strengthening connections and broader health and well-being in the community.
“What’s better than a walk and a yarn?” he said.
Heart Foundation Queensland Health Director Rachelle Foreman said, “The Heart Foundation Walking program is an effective way to increase physical activity and improve health outcomes for all members of the community.
“It’s fun, it’s free and it’s suitable for all ages.
“The Heart Foundation Walking Queensland has committed to this innovative and unique collaboration with the PCYC Indigenous Community Sport and Recreation Program, which has been possible due to Queensland Government funding which enables these localised approaches.
“Heart Foundation Walking groups also offer the chance to socialise and provide extra motivation to engage in regular physical activity.
“For those with work commitments or other personal circumstances that make it difficult to commit to group activities, Heart Foundation Walking has an option for ‘virtual walkers’ – an online community that motivates participants,” Ms Foreman said.
Call the Heart Foundation Helpline on 1300 362 787 for free personalised information and support on heart health, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle or find a Heart Foundation Walking Group at walking.heart foundation.org.au, where you can also register as a virtual walker.
For more information on the walking group phone Logan Poon from Zillmere PCYC on 3633 0244.
Logan Poon, Trisha Miller and Moira Davis (at front) were joined by representatives from the Queensland Police Service, PCYC and the Heart Foundation and community members to walk from Shorncliffe Pier to Arthur Davis Park for heart health and to celebrate NAIDOC Week.