Walk­ing for health

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

MANY com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies are see­ing the ben­e­fit of join­ing the Heart Foun­da­tion Walk­ing pro­gram as a means to in­crease com­mu­nity health while boost­ing en­gage­ment with their cus­tomers.

Heart Foun­da­tion Walk­ing (HFW) is Aus­tralia’s largest free walk­ing pro­gram. With 1,195 walk­ing groups around the coun­try, the pro­gram of­fers a fun, so­cial and ac­ces­si­ble way for peo­ple to start ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly and be health­ier.

Un­der the pro­gram, the Heart Foun­da­tion helps lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to set up walk­ing groups in their area.

The foun­da­tion then helps to train and sup­port those lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to keep their walk­ing groups or­gan­ised and mo­ti­vated. It’s a suc­cess­ful model which gives the lo­cal or­gan­iser a valu­able place in the com­mu­nity, and walk­ers mo­ti­vated to come back ev­ery week.

Host­ing a walk­ing group is an in­no­va­tive way to help your cus­tomers achieve bet­ter health out­comes and in­crease their en­gage­ment with your busi­ness.

The Guild’s web­site has a page ded­i­cated to show­ing phar­ma­cies how they can be­come in­volved: www.guild.org.au.

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