Coffs Harbour residents are being encouraged to ‘Walk the Talk’ for Mental Health and Heart Foundation Walking Month by joining a walk, healthy lunch and celebration on Friday, October 29, at Brelsford Park.
The closing ceremony of Mental Health Month celebrates the achievements of the ‘Coffs Happy Walkers’, a Heart Foundation Walking group who has been walking for nearly a year.
The participants, who are from a number of Mental Health Services in Coffs Harbour, walk for up to 60 minutes each week and enjoy the benefits of physical, social and psychological interaction.
Mark, from the ‘Coffs Happy Walkers’ has been walking with the group for seven months and said: “The weekly walking keeps me fit and helps keep the weight off.” Representatives from Mission Australia, New Horizons, North Coast Area Health Service and On Track Community Programs will be attending the community event, which starts at 10.00am with a leisurely walk through Brelsford Park followed by live music, entertainment and a healthy lunch.
Julie Ferguson from On Track Community Programs and Heart Foundation Walking Walk organiser said: “Being part of a Heart Foundation Walking group is a simple way to improve your physical and mental health and a fantastic opportunity to make some new friends from around the community.”
“We are encouraging locals to come and join us at this free event, so they can experience the benefits of walking first-hand and help to raise awareness and break down the issues surrounding mental health,” she added.
To find out more about the ‘Walk the Talk’ community event visit www.heartfoundation.org.au/walking or contact Pam Johnson on 6648 7220.