The Sunshine Coast’s first shopping centre walking group was launched at Stockland Caloundra last week with a group of enthusiastic and committed walkers.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said Heart Foundation Walking is one of a suite of health and wellbeing programs in Sunshine Coast Council’s Active, healthy Sunshine Coast – every day, your way initiative funded by the Australian government in partnership with local organisations.
“Heart Foundation Walk volunteer coordinator, Vivianne Dawalibi, leads the group through their paces as they walk laps together either inside or outside the centre, depending on the weather,” Cr Dwyer said.
“The group meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7am at the front of The Coffee Club and enjoy a 30 to 60 minute walk inside the shopping centre before it becomes a busy hub of shoppers.
“These free walks are a great way to make new friends while enjoying the benefits of exercising at the same time, with many of the walkers catching up for a coffee afterwards.
“I hope this shopping centre walking group is the first of many for the Sunshine Coast.
“We invite other shopping centres on the Coast to come on board this great initiative to encourage people to become more active.
“A benefit is they don’t need to worry about the weather being too hot, or cold or raining.
“The walkers usually have a great chat while they walk and often do not realise how long they have been walking for.”
For details on existing walking groups, or if you are interested in starting a new group and would like to volunteer as a Walk Organiser, please contact the Heart Foundation on 1300 362 787 or www.heartfoundation.org.au/walking
For more information about these and other Active, healthy Sunshine Coast programs, visit council’s website or call council on 5475 7272 and say Active, healthy Sunshine Coast.