I am
Show me:
Show me:
Victorian Heart Foundation Walking groups resume
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

Victorian Heart Foundation Walking groups resume

Media Release - 20 June 2020

Victorian Heart Foundation Walking groups will resume their steps from Saturday 20 June as COVID-19 restrictions ease. Today Minister for Roads, The Hon. Jaala Pulford joined Heart Foundation CEO Victoria, Kellie-Ann Jolly to ‘step out’ with Melton’s Heart Foundation walkers for the first time.

Heart Foundation CEO Victoria, Kellie-Ann Jolly, comment:

“We welcome Heart Foundation Walking groups as they resume their regular walking activities since COVID-19 restrictions came into effect in Victoria.

“While social distancing remains important, we’re delighted to join Heart Foundation Melton Library Walkers today as they step out together for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

“For Melton residents and many Victorians, living in lockdown has sharply highlighted the importance of safe, connected streets and open green spaces that encourage and support healthy activity.

“This pandemic presents a unique opportunity to improve liveability across local communities like Melton. Now more than ever, building walking infrastructure that is safe, pedestrian-friendly and supports physical distancing is crucial.

“We welcome the leadership shown by the Victorian State Government as they work towards delivering a Pedestrian Strategy that supports people to increase their physical activity.

“Walking is a free tonic for good heart health. Being physically active at least 30 minutes on most days helps reduce risks like high blood pressure, cholesterol or weight issues that can lead to heart disease, Australia’s single biggest killer.

“With more than four in five Victorians not active enough for good health, a whole-of-government approach is vital and investment is needed that boosts active living, supports jobs and takes steps to future-proof a healthier, urban environment.

“We have worked tirelessly to encourage people off the couch and to get moving through Heart Foundation Walking, Australia’s largest walking community, since it was first established in 1995.

“We welcome the opportunity to continue to work with local and state governments to promote walking and active living across our neighbourhoods.”

To join a Heart Foundation walking group in your area, please visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au

Media enquiries

Debora McInnes, Senior Media Advisor
M: 0423 827 697 E: debora.mcinnes@heartfoundation.org.au

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Join the fight against Australia’s biggest killer by supporting the Heart Foundation.  ...

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Full list of clinical guidlines and references for CVD, heart failure, ACS, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, SCAD and RHD...

Heart Age Calculator

Heart Age Calculator

Heart Age Calculator

Try our Heart Age Calculator to understand what contributes to your risk of heart disease....

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation programs and resources to support your recovery....

Support and resources for health care professionals

Support and resources for health care professionals

Support and resources for health care professionals

Our range of clinical and patient support resources are available for you to use in your daily practice....

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Join the Heart Foundation community. Together, we can make a real difference for Australian hearts. ...

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

There is no single cause for any one heart condition, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing one. ...

Absolute CVD risk assessment resources

Absolute CVD risk assessment resources

Resources and clinical information for health professionals...

Key healthy eating messages for heart attack recovery 

Key healthy eating messages for heart attack recovery 

Key healthy eating messages for heart attack recovery 

Eating healthy foods can help you recover and reduce your risk of more heart problems. ...

Absolute CVD risk calculator

Absolute CVD risk calculator

The Absolute CVD risk calculator estimates the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years....

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Visit the St Vincents Hospital NSW and Heart Foundation Aboriginal heart health website for more information...

Cyril credits cardiac rehab for getting his life back

Cyril credits cardiac rehab for getting his life back

Cyril credits cardiac rehab for getting his life back

Cyril suffered a heart attack in 2015. Cardiac rehab helped get his life back on track. ...

Health Professional Ambassador Program

Health Professional Ambassador Program

Health Professional Ambassador Program

Would you like to improve the cardiovascular health of your patients?...

Supporting Young Hearts

Supporting Young Hearts

Supporting Young Hearts

Advice from young people living with a heart condition...

Heart Safe Community

Heart Safe Community

Heart Safe Community

Heart Safe Community is a program that aims to increase a person’s chance of survival if they suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital. ...

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Applying for research funding with the Heart Foundation

Discover more about our various funding programs, requirements, and application dates now....

Key Statistics: Heart attack

Key Statistics: Heart attack

Donate online by 30 June, to claim your gift on your upcoming tax return.

Donate online by 30 June, to claim your gift on your upcoming tax return.

Donate online by 30 June, to claim your gift on your upcoming tax return.

Your donation today is vital in changing the future for families like Kylie’s....

Norm discovered he was at risk of a major heart attack just in the nick of time

Norm discovered he was at risk of a major heart attack just in the nick of time

Norm discovered he was at risk of a major heart attack just in the nick of time

Norm didn’t worry too much about his cholesterol problem – until an angiogram revealed he had an 80 per cent blockage in a major heart artery. ...

Reading food labels

Reading food labels

Reading food labels

Nutrition information panels and ingredients lists are a good way of comparing similar foods so you can choose the healthiest option....

Lunch recipes

Lunch recipes

Lunch recipes

Search our lunch recipe ideas...

Gifts from the Heart

Gifts from the Heart

Gifts from the Heart

Gifts that give back....

Healthy Food Access Tasmania

Healthy Food Access Tasmania

Healthy Food Access Tasmania

We've been working on several projects with local governments across Tasmania, big and small....

What is angina?

What is angina?

What is angina?

Angina is a type of chest pain or discomfort that’s a symptom of an underlying heart problem, usually coronary heart disease (CHD)....

Fruit, vegetables and heart health

Fruit, vegetables and heart health

Fruit, vegetables and heart health

How to boost your fruit and vegetable intake to help protect your heart. ...

Become a corporate partner

Become a corporate partner

Become a corporate partner

Partner with us to help us fight for Australian hearts....

Encouraging cardiovascular research excellence in NSW

Encouraging cardiovascular research excellence in NSW

Encouraging cardiovascular research excellence in NSW

A ground-breaking collaboration bringing together for the first time the state’s most eminent cardiovascular researchers...

Healthy Active by Design

Healthy Active by Design

Healthy Active by Design

Improving the design of our cities, towns, streets and buildings makes it easier for Australians to lead heart-healthy lives....

Advocating for healthy hearts throughout Australia

Advocating for healthy hearts throughout Australia

We're addressing the disparities in heart health so all Australians can live longer, healthier lives....

Women and heart disease

Women and heart disease

Women and heart disease

Every day, 22 women lose their lives to this condition....