A new Heart Foundation walking group is starting up in Wingham, giving local residents a fun, free way to become more physically active.
The Manning Valley Neighbourhood Centre Heart Foundation Walking Group will meet at 9.30am every Monday at the centre, which is located at 4 Farquhar Street.
They will then walk together for 30 to 45 minutes.
Heart Foundation Walking groups are a simple, safe way to be active, and best of all, they are free.
Participants receive free Heart Foundation Walking newsletters and recognition for their walking (including certificates and vouchers) after they have reached significant walking milestones.
Heart Foundation Director of Active Living, Adjunct Professor Trevor Shilton, encouraged people living in the Wingham area to join the new group.
"There are many health benefits of regular exercise, and participating in a walking group is also a great way to socialise and meet new people," Adj Prof Shilton said.
"The Manning Valley Neighbourhood Centre group is dog-friendly and pram-friendly, so bring your pooch or little one along for a walk too," he said.
"Heart Foundation Walking is fun, free and easy - so why not give it a try? You can sign up online, or just turn up and our Walk Organiser will help you."
To join a walking group or start one of your own in your area, visit http://walking.heartfoundation.org.au or call 13 11 12 (cost of a local call).
If group walking is not your thing, the Heart Foundation can help motivate you to walk solo with the free Heart Foundation Walking app.
Heart Foundation Walking is supported by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.