It’s time to Walk to Work

Here at Sydney Olympic Park, we are lucky to have so many walking trails with so much beauty to admire along the way.

Why not take advantage of this and start walking to work?

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Walking trail through Bicentennial Park. Image courtesy of Paul K Robbins.

Diabetes Australia talks to us about their great initiative to get the ball rolling on this:

It took humans a million years to learn how to walk, and one generation to forget.

We have become one of the most obese nations in the developed world.

Walking regularly is one of the best forms of exercise; people who use a combination of walking and public transport to get to work are generally healthier and more productive. So let’s get walking again!

Diabetes Australia in partnership with Energizer Australia is organizing a walk around Sydney Olympic Park as part of Walk to Work Day on Friday 6 October.

The aim of the event is to encourage employees and employers to build walking into their every day lives. Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said employers can play an important role in encouraging their staff to build walking into their daily routine.

“With around 280 Australians developing diabetes every day – diabetes is the single biggest challenge facing Australia’s health system. Walking is one of the best ways to help people reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It also helps people who have type 2 diabetes manage their condition,” he said.

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Image courtesy of Diabetes Australia.

The walk will take place in and around Sydney Olympic Park. The walk with start at Jacaranda Square at 8.30am, heading along Murray Rose Avenue into Cathy Freeman Park and around ANZ Stadium heading back into Jacaranda Square to finish off.

Former Australian Iron Man and Diabetes Australia ambassador Guy Leech is a passionate advocate for Walk to Work Day.

“I believe it’s so important though to build exercise into your daily schedule as our health is one of the most important assets we have.

Maintaining a health lifestyle does not necessarily mean training for triathlon events or going above and beyond.

Walking alone is a  great form of exercise and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.”

You can join Guy for a walk this Friday in the Park and help raise awareness and funds for Diabetes Australia.

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Image courtesy of Diabetes Australia.

All businesses in the area are encouraged to participate, create a team and sign up. We also ask that each team member donate $12 to help raise funds for diabetes research.

Remember to take photos at the event and share across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and get walking!

When: 8.30am, Friday 6 October 2017
Where: Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park

We’ll see you on Friday!

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