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05 May 2017

Walk your way to a healthy heart

Latrobe Community Health Service is urging residents to get walking this Heart Week

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Latrobe Community Health Service is urging residents to get walking this Heart Week, as local walking group members joined together to take a brisk stroll around Kernot Lake Tuesday morning.

“We know that any physical activity is great news for maintaining a healthy heart.  Walking is ideal because it requires no equipment, is low cost and can be done at any time of the day,” said Stacey Podmore, Senior Health Promotion Officer at Latrobe Community Health Service.

This year Heart Week is encouraging people to get their blood pressure checked.  With no signs or symptoms, people often don’t realise they have high blood pressure.  According to Ms Podmore, the good news is that high blood pressure can be managed and walking is one way to help people lower their blood pressure levels.

“A brisk thirty minute walk every day will help people manage their weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve mental health,” said Ms Podmore.

Latrobe Community Health Service is encouraging people to join up with a local walking group in their area.

“The Heart Foundation has several free walking groups that meet and walk together in Morwell, Newborough, Moe, Churchill and Traralgon.  These groups are open to all ages and abilities.  There are also guided walks in Tyers Park, the next one will be this month on Tuesday the 16th,” said Ms Podmore.

“Along with all the physical benefits walking gives you, joining one of our supported groups will provide a fun, social activity that everyone can enjoy,” said Ms Podmore.

For more information on local walking groups in the area, contact the Health Promotion Team at the Latrobe Community Health Service on 1800 242 696 or visit http://walking.heartfoundation.org.au/