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Picnic Perfect Recipes

Picnic Perfect Recipes

Take a look at these enticing and healthy picnic recipe ideas and with some added helpful tips!

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How to find a Walking Event

Learn how to find a Heart Foundation Walking event near you with this quick tutorial.

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Fit Exercise into Family Time

Fit Exercise into Family Time

We all want our kids and grandkids to be happy and healthy and to give them a head start in life. We can – by helping them make the best choices when it comes to food and physical activity.

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Put Your Foot Down Challenge Winners

Put Your Foot Down Challenge Winners

Here are the lucky winners of our 'Put Your Foot Down' walking challenge.

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Meet our 2019 Golden Shoe Award Winners

Meet our 2019 Golden Shoe Award Winners

Check out this years Golden Shoe Award winners for the categories of Courage and Commitment, Leadership in Walking, Zero to Hero and Wellness Warrior.

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The benefits of exercise on mental health

The benefits of exercise on mental health

One in five Australians are affected by mental illness annually, and almost half of all Australians will experience a mental health issue over their lifetime. Mental Health Australia tells us why being active is important for your mental health and shares tips and links for some more information.

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Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide

Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with a least two in three people being diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Majority of skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun.

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Who let the dogs out?

Who let the dogs out?

In celebration of International Dog Day, we walked with the Burnside Walkers and their pooches!

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3 muscles getting a workout while you walk

3 muscles getting a workout while you walk

Most people don’t realise how much of their body they use when walking, it’s more than just the legs and feet! Here are three muscles that you may not know help your walking.

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3 surprising reasons men should get moving

3 surprising reasons men should get moving

This year's Men's Health Week, we motivating more men to get moving and be more active for their health.

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Heart Week 2019

Heart Week 2019

Between the 28 April - 4 May this years Heart Week took place, come take a look at how it went.

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What happens in a heart health check?

What happens in a heart health check?

It's a simple check up that could save your life - find out more about what happens in a heart health check.

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Simon leads the way

Simon leads the way

A star Walk Organiser, Simon Pitcher, has been recognised for his volunteer services with a ‘Fellow Award of the National Heart Foundation of Australia’.

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Stay SunSmart while walking this autumn

Stay SunSmart while walking this autumn

Almost a quarter of Australians incorrectly believe that higher temperatures are the cause of skin damage, rather than ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

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A walk back in time

A walk back in time

This year the Heart Foundation celebrates its 60th birthday, and the Walking program holds a key place of our story.

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Keep this in mind for your next walk

Keep this in mind for your next walk

What is mindful walking and how can you add mindfulness while out in nature?

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We love your feedback

We love your feedback

We recently sent out our annual walker survey, and we want to thank you for your responses - we certainly learnt a lot about how our walkers are benefiting from the program.

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Put your feet first

Put your feet first

Did you know if you walk 10,000 steps in one day the average adults’ foot will shift the weight of a blue whale! That’s a lot of work! So how can you make sure your feet can do the distance?

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Start on a healthy heart for 2019

Start on a healthy heart for 2019

Too relaxed on holidays or too frazzled by the return to work to think about setting your goals for this year? Don’t worry! The Heart Foundation is here with three ideas for improving your heart health in 2019.

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Can we beat our 2018 walking?

Can we beat our 2018 walking?

Last year was a great year for walking and we really stepped it up across the nation.

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Happy International Volunteers Day!

Happy International Volunteers Day!

It was recently International Volunteers Day - what a great opportunity to celebrate our wonderful Walk Organisers.

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A walk in the park

A walk in the park

The holiday season is getting close, and it's a great time to consider walking further afield and exploring your local parks.

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We heart dogs

We heart dogs

We know many of you like to walk with your dog - but did you know your furry friend could be more than just a walking companion?

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Four inspiring Aussies win 2018 Golden Shoe Awards

Four inspiring Aussies win 2018 Golden Shoe Awards

Walking is good for our physical and mental wellbeing, but a commitment to walking has just earned four inspiring Australians something extra. They are the winners of Heart Foundation Walking’s 2018 Golden Shoe Awards!

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Recipes to chill

Recipes to chill

Are you looking for some healthy meals to freeze? Keep organised and prepared with these recipes!

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Australia needs to get moving

Australia needs to get moving

With Australia ranking in the bottom half of global physical activity levels, the urgency to get more Australians moving has become even greater.

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Glenn’s moving forward

Glenn’s moving forward

Nothing gets in between double amputee Glenn and his weekly walks.

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Group walkers love a challenge

Group walkers love a challenge

Our walking groups took on the Prime Minister's One million steps and pushed themselves to new heights.

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8 walking adventures for spring

8 walking adventures for spring

This spring, why not explore everything Australia has to offer? Here are eight destinations from across the country that give you adventure, wonder and exercise all in one.

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Meet the runners

Meet the runners

Try walking towards the finish line at your local parkrun event.

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Many ways to walk

Many ways to walk

A secret pathways mapping tool, a digital river walk and a new kind of football team - innovative ideas are shaping the way we are encouraging people to walk.

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The best way to see the world

The best way to see the world

Australia is rugged and enormous, but that has never stopped us exploring it by foot.

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Is inspiration closer than you think?

Is inspiration closer than you think?

We're often our own worst enemies when it comes to self-improvement. But a quick look back in time, and you might be surprised about how your past milestones could inspire you to get moving.

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Well done to the Prime Minister

Well done to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for completing the top milestone in the Prime Minister's One million steps! 

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Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself

Try these simple massage techniques to help your body recover from exercise.

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5 recipes to boost your walking

5 recipes to boost your walking

Now that you've started walking, you might want to boost your diet to ensure you're getting the right nutrients and healthy sources of sustaining energy. 

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Walking with friends is good for your heart and head

Walking with friends is good for your heart and head

Good mental health and good overall health go hand-in-hand. Our friends at Beyond Blue explain how group activities, such as walking, potentially offer the best of both worlds: a good dose of regular exercise and time to have fun and build friendships with others.

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There’s no standing still for Merrill

There’s no standing still for Merrill

Meet Merrill (and her dogs Buster and Essie) who is leading the way in the Prime Minister's One million steps.

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Australia - what’s your favourite walk?

Australia - what’s your favourite walk?

So what’s your favourite walk? Is it a tour through the grungy laneways of inner city Melbourne or Sydney? Or might it be the Cape Byron walking track, past rainforest, beach and clifftops to the lighthouse that marks Australia’s most easterly point? Will you share your secret stepping spot?

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The many wonders of walking

The many wonders of walking

Walking is one of life’s simplest but most versatile activities. Far more than getting you from A to B, it offers a wealth of possibilities for socialising, exploring, and relaxing. Next time you’re stumped for how to pass the time, or you’re hoping to get outside but aren’t quite sure what to do, have a think about the many and varied benefits of putting one foot in front of the other.

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5 wow-worthy walks from around the world

5 wow-worthy walks from around the world

Our walkers love exploring the world on foot no matter where they are – from shopping malls and busy pedestrian centres, to bushland parks and wide open spaces. These walks show that just two feet can take you to some extraordinary places.

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Nature’s brain booster

Nature’s brain booster

We’re always telling ourselves to get off the couch, and many of us know walking is good for the heart. But research is showing that our brains get a boost from walking too.

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Hitting the pavement with your pooch

Hitting the pavement with your pooch

Just as keeping fit and healthy is important for us, it is just as important for our dogs to be exercised to ensure that they stay fit and healthy as well. Not only does walking your dog provide you with some great quality time with your best mate, but it is also a great way to keep both you, and your dog in shape. Keeping dogs fit with regular exercise has many of the same benefits that is does for humans. Maintaining a healthy weight for your pet reduces the onset of problems such as osteoarthritis, by reducing the strain on the joints and also ensuring that the cartilage in the joints remains well-nourished and healthy. Osteoarthritis is a major problem in dogs, especially as they age, and weight control has a significant positive impact on management of the disease.

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Heart Foundation welcomes a $10million boost to walking

Heart Foundation welcomes a $10million boost to walking

The Heart Foundation welcomes a $10 million commitment in the Federal Budget to get more Australians active by investing in a walking revolution.

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Walking for Good Physical and Mental Health

Walking for Good Physical and Mental Health

Did you know regular exercise helps maintain good physical and mental health? When you go for a walk it’s not just your body that benefits – the way you think and feel changes too!

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Hints and Tips for Safer Walking

Hints and Tips for Safer Walking

Heart Foundation Walking happens all around Australia, with people walking in parks, neighbourhoods, workplaces, beaches and even in shopping centres! Wherever you are, it is important to keep safe. Consider walks that have appropriate lighting and suitable terrain for all fitness levels, access to drink fountains, and seating for people to rest.

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Winners go the extra mile for healthy hearts

Winners go the extra mile for healthy hearts

A 90-year-old Port Macquarie walker described as a ‘pocket rocket’, a Townsville walking group coordinator, and a Rylstone walk organiser catering for special-needs walkers have won this year’s Golden Shoe Awards.

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Help Us Get Australia Moving

Help Us Get Australia Moving

With the boost in funding to Heart Foundation Walking and the increase in promotion, we hope more people will join our existing groups. This will be a great time for your group to welcome new members and introduce them to the fun and support of your walking group.

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Look after your feet first

Look after your feet first

There’s a reason why our feet are often called the ‘mirror to health’. The condition of our feet can provide an early indicator of common health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and circulatory disease. Early stages of nerve damage can sometimes be identified in your feet.

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