Wednesday 01st June 2011
Calling all Walkers!

Join us and the new ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher for a Special 2pm Wednesday walk to launch the Heart Foundation's Healthy Heart Challenge (see below for more info).

In support of the challenge, walkers will receive a free pedometer, compliments of the ANU Wellbeing Program and HBA Insurance (subject to availability).


Start Time: 2:00pm    

Finish Time: 3:00pm  

Meeting Point: Street Theatre, corner of Childers Street and University Avenue 

End: Street Theatre (or various drop-off points along the way)

Cost: Free

Bookings: While bookings for the Wednesday walks are not essential, email or phone confirmation of your attendance is appreciated.

Contact:  Email:, Phone: 0437 301 390

To ensure we leave on time, please arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes prior to the advertised start time. We strongly advise you to wear covered walking shoes, and bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water. In addition to plenty of fresh air and scenic views, there will be some low level ‘bush terrain’ and inclines, requiring moderate levels of fitness. For all enquiries, or to confirm tours in the case of bad weather, contact the tour organiser (above).


Healthy Heart Challenge

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Australia and kills four times as many women as breast cancer [i].  Yet awareness is low. In 2010, only 31% of women reported knowing that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in Australia [ii]

Even fewer women are aware that heart disease risks increase after menopause, due to a reduction in oestrogen that is considered a protective factor against development of the disease. While many women are well aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, research conducted by Heart Foundation shows they often consider there are significant barriers to achieving this.

As part of this year’s Go Red for Women campaign, the Heart Foundation is launching a Healthy Heart Challenge as a practical way for women to improve their heart health behaviours. The free 10-week Healthy Heart Challenge starts on 1 June and has been designed to provide small, yet realistic, steps to assist women build changes into their lifestyle.  If sustained these changes will make an important difference to their heart health long-term.

On registering participants will be asked to sign up to one of six goals and be supported to achieve this through a weekly eNewsletter with tips and information to keep them motivated throughout the 10 weeks. The goals are:

o   Be active everyday

o   Improve everyday nutrition

o   Increase knowledge of heart health

o   Quit smoking

o   Lower high blood pressure

o   Lower high cholesterol levels.

Registrations for the Healthy Heart Challenge open on 1 May. We encourage you to sign up and learn how small steps can make a big difference to your health. Why not complete the Challenge with a friend? In this way together you’ll be joining thousands of other Australian women to address a personal goal as well as help increase the awareness of heart disease in women in the community.

To register for the Healthy Heart Challenge and for more information and ACT events, visit the website at

[i]Australian Bureau of Statistics. Causes of death data 2008 (3303.0). March 2010.

[ii]Heart Foundation, Heart Watch survey 2010 (unpublished)

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