Walk­ing to pro­mote healthy bones

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the Proser­pine Heart­moves Group joined with lo­cals to par­tic­i­pate in a Heart Foun­da­tion Event Walk around the Proser­pine town cen­tre to mark the im­por­tance of do­ing weight-bear­ing ex­er­cise for Healthy Bones Week last Fri­day.

Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said the Healthy Bones Week walk was a fun so­cial event with a se­ri­ous mes­sage about bone health.

“The pur­pose of the walk was to high­light os­teo­poro­sis; a com­mon con­di­tion in which the bones lose cal­cium and other min­er­als and be­come frag­ile,” Mayor Whit­ney said.

“In Aus­tralia, os­teo­poro­sis af­fects one in two fe­males and one in three males over the age of 60,” she said.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil healthy com­mu­ni­ties co-or­di­na­tor Judy Ad­sett pro­vided par­tic­i­pants with an over­view on the ef­fects of os­teo­poro­sis and the sim­ple ways in which it can be pre­vented.

“The group learnt that while they might not be able to al­ter their age, gen­der or ge­net­ics, they could do some im­por­tant sim­ple things to help pro­tect them against os­teo­poro­sis,” Mayor Whit­ney added.

Con­sum­ing plenty of cal­cium- rich foods such as milk, yo­ghurt and cheese on a daily ba­sis, through­out life, and reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pat­ing in weight bear­ing ex­er­cise and re­sis­tance train­ing are some of the mea­sures rec­om­mended.

Ms Ad­sett ad­vised walk­ing for as lit­tle as 30 min­utes a day was a great way to in­clude weight­bear­ing ex­er­cise into a daily rou­tine. Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is happy to pro­vide train­ing to help es­tab­lish Heart Foun­da­tion Walk­ing groups in the lo­cal area.

To find out more con­tact the Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Co­or­di­na­tor Judy Ad­sett on 4761 3612.

WALK­ING TO­GETHER: Valma McDon­ald, Enid Mor­gan, Lil Burke, Betty McKen­zie, Beryl An­der­son, Pauline Ogilvie, Heather Brown (front), Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties co-or­di­na­tor Judy Ad­sett, Ge­off Hoare and Verona Din­nie (back) par­tic­i­pated in the Healthy Bones Week walk to learn how to main­tain a healthy life­style and raise aware­ness for the Heart Foun­da­tion on Fri­day.

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