Now in its 13th year, the Cancer Council National Walk to Work Day, on Friday 16 September 2011, is an annual event which helps employers and employees to build regular walking into their daily routine.
Did you know that people who walk before and during work are generally healthier, more productive and creative and less likely to be absent or on sick-leave? Regular walking can also help to relieve feelings of depression or anxiety. And it improves our environment by reducing car dependency.
We are therefore asking all workers to put their Feet First and take part in the Cancer Council National Walk to Work Day on Friday 16 September 2011.
The Cancer Council of Australia is the trusted voice on all cancers for all people, investing funds to find the answers, dispel the myths and guide communities on what they can do to prevent, treat and manage cancer. Sadly, cancer remains one of Australia’s biggest health problems and is expected to claim over 40,000 Australians in 2011. An estimated 114,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia in 2010. And 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
Young or old, rich or poor, cancer doesn’t discriminate and there’s every chance your life has been touched by cancer. About 30% of cancers can be prevented through living a healthy lifestyle, which includes good nutrition and regular exercise. And for most Australians, walking regularly is the best exercise, especially as it can be built into our daily routines.
All participants are encouraged to Register at walk.com.au and become a fund-raisers for the Cancer Council of Australia.
CEOs and HR Managers are also encouraged to Register their organisations as a Walking Workplace at walk.com.au. They can help to promote the event locally by contacting our PR consultants in their state or territory (see walk.com.au for details). Management can also Host a Healthy Breakfast for those employees who take part.
Once registered online as a Walking Workplace, organisations will receive WTWD e-newsletters with motivational tips for management and staff on how to Make Walking Work For You.
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