DEDICATED locals are taking big steps to ensure they lead active and healthy lives. Join them, in a Heart Foundation Walking Group and take your first steps to fun and fitness.
In Berridale, a Heart Foundation Walking group meets every Tuesday at 9:30am, at Exchange Square, outside Highlander. Led by volunteer Walk Organiser, Judie Winter, the group mixes fun and fitness.
"While we walk, we laugh, chat about gardens and local issues", she said.
"Our walk is aimed at beginners, but whatever your level, we can cater for you, just start walking."
Maree McMillan lives in Berridale and has joined the group, saying "I love to stay fit so I can enjoy my retirement and keep up with my grandchildren."
In Adaminaby, a similar Heart Foundation Walking group meets every Wednesday at 9.15am at the Big Trout. Led by Walk Organiser Liz Maxwell who works for Monaro Family Support Service, she loves this part of her day the most.
"We chat to residents along the way and we enjoy having the company of others to walk with. At the same time we are helping our fitness and strength. Bring along your dog too."
Lee Brulisauer from Snowy River Shire Council commends these walking groups and the commitment of the volunteer organisers, adding that "a Heart Foundation walking group in Jindabyne and Dalgety would be excellent too.
If you are interested in becoming a Walk Organiser in Jindabyne or surrounds, please contact her on 02 6451 1509 and she can help you through the process.
Heart Foundation Walking is a network of free community-based walking groups with volunteer Walk Organisers who lead groups in our local area - across the country there are over 650 active groups. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day provides a range of heart benefits including maintaining healthy weight, increased fitness and strength, improved self-esteem and mental health.
Contact Walk Organiser - Berridale call Judie on 6456 3333, - Adaminaby call Liz on 0458 523 454 or visit: www.heartfoundation.org.au
For more information about this initiative, contact Lee Brulisauer, council's Health Promotion Officer, on 02 6451 1509 or email@example.com.