The Prime Minister’s One Million steps challenge has started and all of Wentworth is invited to join him in walking to a healthier future by downloading the simple and free app.
The free Heart Foundation program will run for 20 weeks from 25 March to 11 August, and participants will receive rewards for reaching milestones and go into a draw for prizes.
“I encourage all Australians to join us and start with a few steps, because those few can quickly turn into one million and a much healthier, more active future for us all,” Mr Turnbull said.
The Heart Foundation app will support and motivate walkers by tracking steps and activity minutes, provide health information and allow individual and group participants to enter prize draws.
“Regular walking is one of the best ways we can reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes and dementia, build our fitness and strengthen muscles and bones.”
Walking has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue and can also help people make friends and connect with their community.
Research shows that even short walks can have a major impact on our health and well-being.
“We have some beautiful walks in our area, through parklands and along the coast, but even walking around your block and saying hi to your neighbours is enough to clock up some steps, stay connected and help you feel better.”
Reaching 1 million steps in 20 weeks is easier than it may seem – it takes 7,100 steps a day from today. And those who take the extra step and walk 10,000 a day will clock up 1.4 million steps by 11 August and enjoy the associated health benefits.
To join the Prime Minister in walking towards One Million Steps visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au or download the new app via the app store.
The Prime Minister’s One Million Steps is one of many ways the Government is working to support Australians to make healthy choices and live healthier lives.
The One Million Steps is part of the Healthy Heart Initiative announced in the 2017-18 Budget which aims to increase support for people’s activity levels and healthy lifestyles to prevent chronic disease.