Walking to promote healthy bones
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.