Walking towards healthier futures
KEEPING active is important for heart health and for Fay Kendrick there's a big reason to look after the vital organ.
"The majority of my mum's side of the family only lived into their early 50s because of heart illnesses,” she said.
With heart disease so common in her family, the Buderim resident has always led an active life.
She's a member of the Buderim Heart Foundation walking group and is one of the thousands of Australians who have signed up to take part in the Prime Minister's One Million Steps campaign.
It challenges Australians to walk one million steps by August 11 to promote an active lifestyle and better health.
Heart Foundation research shows more than half of Australian adults are not doing enough physical activity, which increases the risk of heart issues.
Mrs Kendrick said she believes adults being inactive set a bad example for the younger generation.
"I worry when I see kids sitting and just playing with their iPads and not getting the activity they need,” she said.
"Parents need to be active, first for their own health, but second to show their children how they should be.”
Heart Foundation Queensland healthy living manager Sheree Hughes said walking for 30 minutes a day was a great way to improve heart health.
"We don't always validate walking as a strong form of physical activity but it is and it's something we can do at any time of the day,” she said.
While one million steps kicked off last week, Ms Hughes said people can join at any time.
"It doesn't matter if you don't achieve the million, it's about working towards a more active future,” she said.
For information, visit walking.heartfoundation.