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Health workers make healthy transport choices

: 18 Mar 2008

Capital & Coast District Health Board is getting behind an initiative to get people out of their cars and into their walking shoes, as an easy way of getting exercise.

Tomorrow is Walk 2 Work Day, which is encouraging people to take the old fashioned mode of transport to their workplace.

C&C DHB staff who take part in the initiative will have the chance to win spot prizes as a reward for their choice to be active, says C&C DHB Travel Planner Jan Simmons.

Cities must change to protect our health

: 6 Mar 2008

Cities must be redesigned to make it much easier for people to be physically active as part of everyday life. This is the main finding in a report about to be released.

The report’s author, John White, says that submissions to the recent Health Select Committee Inquiry into Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes had a very strong message. “We need to make walking and cycling the easy and natural choice by the way we design urban areas”, Mr White said.

Food is the fuel of walkers

: 6 Mar 2008

Walkers are invited to “fuel up” at Frank Kitts park this Wednesday morning from 7-9 am on their way to work.

“Whether you walk all the way to work, or catch the bus or train and then walk, it’s a great way to start the day,” says Liz Thomas, director of Living Streets Aotearoa.

“We invite you to come and celebrate with other active commuters, and enjoy some breakfast treats and spot prizes to help you on your way.”

Wellingtonians Walk 2 Work on Wednesday

: 6 Mar 2008

Free breakfast treats are on offer in Frank Kitts Park between 7 and 9 am on Wednesday March 19th for Wellingtonians who walk all or part of their journey to work.

Walk 2 Work Day event coordinator, Carol Comber, says "Wellington walkers, come along for hot cross buns, fruit, tea and coffee on your way to work. There will be a prize for entering a Walk2Work Story on flyers distributed in the days before the event, at the breakfast, or downloaded from the Living Streets website.

People on footpaths deserve a fair go

: 27 Feb 2008

People on footpaths deserve the same consideration as people using mobility car parks, says walking advocacy group Living Streets Aotearoa.

Fines for those illegally using mobility car parks are set to rise to $150, while the fine for parking on a footpath remains at $40.

Living Streets Aotearoa President, Celia Wade-Brown says, "Why do we care more about a person with disabilities if they drive than if they are on the footpath?"

Down with speed say walking advocates

: 12 Feb 2008

Walking advocates are calling for lower traffic speeds as the most effective way of improving road safety.

The call follows the death of former Air Accident Inspector Ron Chippindale who was struck by a car this morning.

Director of Living Streets Aotearoa, Liz Thomas, says “While we don’t know the exact circumstances of this tragic accident, we know that lowering traffic speeds reduces the frequency and severity of accidents.”

“The message is simple: down with speed for safer roads.”