New group to walk for healthy hearts

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - Jac­que­line Henry

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.

PHOTO: JAC­QUE­LINE HENRY

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.

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