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Leave the car at home and get walking, Hobart

DIABETES Tasmania staff and Tasmanian businesses are stepping up to participate in Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day on 14 November 2014.

The event, now in its 17th year, encourages employees and employers to build regular walking into their daily routines while raising vital funds for Diabetes Tasmania.

Diabetes Tasmania recently launched the campaign on the Parliament House Lawns in Hobart, leading a crowd of walking workers around Salamanca to encourage other businesses and individuals to take up the walking challenge.

The campaign will culminate on Friday 14 November, which marks Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day and World Diabetes Day.

Diabetes Tasmania chief executive officer Caroline Wells said walking was a good way to be physically active while reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

“One of the great things about walking is that you can always incorporate it into your day,” she said.

“If you can’t walk to work, try getting out at lunchtime – you will certainly be more productive, have a clearer head and enjoy all the health benefits, and don’t forget to get out from behind your desk at least once an hour.

“As a regular walk to work person, I find it a fabulous way to start the day, especially on these nice spring mornings.”

Ms Wells is encouraging as many Tasmanian businesses as possible to turn themselves into “walking workplaces” this year.

“Tasmania always punches well above its weight so let’s get Tasmania walking and show the rest of Australia what we can do,” she said.

During Mental Health Week (5-11 October), Pedestrian Council chairman Harold Scruby also highlighted the impact of walking on mental health.

“Regular walking can help relieve feelings of depression and anxiety and help improve our environment by reducing car dependency.

“People who walk before and during work are generally healthier, more productive and creative, and are less likely to be absent or take sick leave.”

Looking forward to National Walk to Work Day on 14 November, getting involved is easy:

Simply:

  • Register now as an individual or team at walk.com.au. It’s FREE.
  • Set your walking goal – how many kilometres can YOU walk by 14 November?
  • Create your fundraising page and share your progress with family, friends and colleagues.
  • If you are unable to fundraise this year, either make a donation or just register your commitment to walk regularly.

The Hobart walk will start from the Cenotaph at 8am and will conclude at the Parliament House Lawns where participants will be treated to a healthy breakfast.

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