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Walk2Work Day 11 March 2015 Media release

Media Release 4 March 2015

 

Get out on your feet next Wednesday 11 March Walk2Work Day to celebrate the universal method of getting around and one we do every day – walking, and its natural partner the bus or train.

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Will our school children get home healthy and safe?

Work Safe is promising adults to 'get you home healthy and safe', but little is being done for children who walk or cycle to school.  Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds says the Government is irresponsible, as there are no consistent rules in place to get school children home 'healthy and safe' and is calling on them to put rules place to protect our most vulnerable road users.

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Workshop: Co-benefits of Walking and Cycling

This workshop is designed to bring together key local and international researchers, with policy analysts in local and central government, NGOs and members of the public, to consider the evidence for co-benefits of active journeys -- particularly benefits for population health, climate change, and quality of life -- and how this evidence can be strengthened and acted upon effectively.

 

Walking and cycling provide significant health benefits by increasing levels of physical activity. These active modes of transport are associated with substantial relative risk reductions (10-55%) across cardio-vascular disease, cancer, and other diseases. Compared to travel by car, active journeys also reduce air pollution and the carbon emissions that are accelerating climate change. In New Zealand there has been a decline in these active modes and research indicates that mode shift from passive to active travel is difficult to achieve. This is a critical challenge in the face of growing evidence that we need to reduce carbon emissions by around 90% by 2050.

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Wellington
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Otago University, 23a Mein Street
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Kerry Hurley
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Kerry.Hurley[at]otago.ac.nz
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Summer Steps Challenge

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      Summer Steps Challenge


Welcome to our new fun team challenge, encouraging people to get out and about and try walking as a way of getting around.

 

You are challenged to organise a team from your workplace and compete against other teams, to see who can spend the most time walking. 

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10000 Steps to an award

The 10,000 Steps Northland win of a Golden Foot Award got a good story in the Northland Advocate

A Northland fitness programme not only stepped up to the mark, it set the pace at the inaugural national Golden Foot New Zealand National Walking Awards.

The 10,000 Steps Northland programme has won the Living Streets Aotearoa award for the country's best recreational walking programme.

Well done Sport Northland on some well deserved coverage!

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Supporting cycling and walking in your city - a toolkit

A toolkit for submissions to Local Government Annual Plans

(NB this document is also available as a PDF - see attachment at bottom of this page)

This toolkit aims to encourage individuals and agencies from the health sector to support cycling and walking in their city via submissions to Local Government.

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