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Walk2Work Day 9 March 2016 “Walking and public transport”

Wednesday 9 March 2016 is our national day for walking and this year we will focus on the close links between public transport and walking.

Find a Walk2Work Day event near you - the event page is constantly updating so check it out for even more walk action on 9 March 2016

- visit the Facebook event for more details and keep up to date

- check your local council website for details

Auckland has a Regional Walk2Work day run by Auckland Transport so visit Auckland details there.

Wellington has lots of events happening around the region including a walk with Mayor Celia Wade-Brown in Wellington, an early morning walkers breakfast, an exciting walk around Park(ing) Day spots, and more. Mayor Wallace takes a bus and a walk in Lower Hutt. Health information for walkers available in Coastlands, Paraparaumu from 9-2pm. Keep an eye out in Carterton too.

Research reported in the British Medical Journal showed that people using public transport had lower body mass indices than those that travel by private transport - more support for the positive health benefits of active and public transport.

You can walk almost anywhere, at any time, in any weather for free. And if it's that bit too far catch a bus or train for your health, and the health of our planet.

It’s easy and starts with one step - walk 1000 metres, about 1300 steps or 12 minutes and you will

  • Gain energy; tone your legs, bum and tum; use up 74 calories (for a 70kg person); lift your mood; improve balance and coordination

  • Save $3.62 of health benefits, save 0.72 cents of car costs, and avoid 0.2kgs of carbon emissions

  • Reduce disease risk and improve heart health

  • Be able to socialise with friends and community on the way

Walk more by

  • leaving the car at home and Walk, Bus or Train

  • walk to the local shops or walk the kids to school

  • use the stairs

  • aim for 30 minutes a day - or 10,000 steps if you’re using a pedometer

Walk2Work Day is New Zealand’s national day to celebrate walking. Living Streets Aotearoa started this annual day in 2009 to promote walking, its health benefits, and its priority position in the sustainable transport hierarchy. We invite you to treat yourself and take your favourite walk on this day. Or join others at your local council event.

Want to organise an event in your area? Watch this space for a poster to use - coming soon

  Based on the costs of disease and early death that can be avoided with an active lifestyle Journey Planner.org.nz

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Walk2Work is a programme created by Living Streets Aotearoa to encourage people to get out there, leave the car behind and walk to work, or use public transport for part of their journey and walk the rest of the way. The health benefits of walking are commonly known these days but walking to work also saves money, is good for the environment and results in a more productive workforce.

You can read more about the events that were run onWalk2Work 2012 Walk2Work 2011Walk2Work Day 2010 or  Walk2Work Day 2009 

To help local organisers, several resources have been developed: 

If you're interested in the Walk2Work programme, running an event or finding our more information about Walk2Work you can email us at walk2work@livingstreets.org.nz.

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Walk2Work Day Wednesday 9 March 2016 is good for your health, and the health of our planet. Walk and catch a bus or train to your daily activity and win health benefits.

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