Heart put into marathon month

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

ATWELL res­i­dent Han­nah Ren­nick has stepped up to raise money for the Heart Foun­da­tion.

Ren­nick (12) has taken part in the foun­da­tion’s My Marathon chal­lenge, which en­cour­ages peo­ple of all fit­ness lev­els to run or walk the equiv­a­lent of a marathon, 42.2km, in their own time over the month.

She said a few of her friends’ fam­ily mem­bers had been af­fected by heart is­sues and she felt rais­ing money for re­search into heart dis­ease would be a small thing she could do to sup­port them.

Ren­nick has raised $492, more than $30 over her ini­tial goal, as well as hav­ing fin­ished the 42.2km chal­lenge with eight days left.

Ren­nick said she has al­ways been ac­tive, hav­ing done gym­nas­tics from about three years old and mov­ing into ath­let­ics at eight.

“I love run­ning, it makes me feel good about my­self,” she said. “Be­ing able to do­ing some­thing I love and have it po­ten­tially save some­one’s life just feels re­ally good.”

Ac­cord­ing to re­search from the Heart Foun­da­tion, up to 3.6 mil­lion Aus­tralians are not do­ing any ex­er­cise at all.

Find­ings pub­lished in the Heart Foun­da­tion’s Na­tional Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Plan re­port said only 20 per cent of adults meet the na­tional guide­lines for enough ex­er­cise and only 7 per cent of chil­dren get the rec­om­mended one hour a day of ex­er­cise, mean­ing 600 000 chil­dren are in­ac­tive.

Han­nah Ren­nick on the track show­ing how it’s done. Na­tional guide­lines for enough ex­er­cise are 30 min­utes five times a week.

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