28 March 2018

Henderson On-board with Prime Minister’s One Million Steps

All communities across Corangamite are invited to join the Prime Minister and Member for Corangamite in walking one million steps each as part of the Prime Minister’s One Million Steps walking initiative.

The free Heart Foundation program will run for 20 weeks from 25 March to 11 August, and participants will receive rewards for reaching milestones and go into a draw for prizes.

Today Sarah Henderson signed up for the PM’s One Million Steps and asked locals to join her.

“Regular walking is one of the best ways we can reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes and dementia, build our fitness and strengthen muscles and bones,” Ms Henderson said.

“Research shows that even short walks can have a major impact on our health and well-being”, Ms Henderson said.

Walking has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue and can also help people make friends and connect with their community.

“We have some beautiful walks in our area, such as along the Surf Coast or in the Otways. But even walking around your block and saying hi to your neighbours is enough to clock up some steps and help you feel better,” Ms Henderson said.

Joining the Prime Minister’s One Million Steps is simple and free – as an individual or as part of a group.

A Heart Foundation app will support and motivate walkers by tracking steps and activity minutes, provide health information and allow participants to enter prize draws.

Reaching 1 million steps in 20 weeks is easier than it may seem – it takes 7,100 steps a day from today. And those who take the extra step and walk 10,000 a day will clock up 1.4 million steps by 11 August and enjoy the associated health benefits.

To join the Prime Minister in walking towards One Million Steps visit www.walking.heartfoundation.org.au or download the new app via the app store.

The Prime Minister’s One Million Steps is one of many ways the Government is working to support Australians to make healthy choices and live healthier lives.

The One Million Steps is part of the Healthy Heart Initiative announced in the 2017-18 Budget which aims to increase support for people’s activity levels and healthy lifestyles to prevent chronic disease.