Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 - City of Cockburn
The Heart Foundation Walking Pram Walking Group is stepping out to celebrate its first birthday at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City this July.

Janelle Bell, a mother from Atwell, said she enjoyed participating in the pram walking group because of the social aspect.

"Spending time with other mothers is important," she said. "The exercise is a big bonus and the walk motivates me to get organised and start my day at the same time each Tuesday.

"It's also great that the group is run by community nurses - I am able to pick their brains with any questions I have about my child's health and development."

Ruth Lincoln, an Aubin Grove mother, added: "On some Tuesdays it's harder to get there on time but once you've started the walk, by about 8.30am you're feeling prepared to conquer the day.

"It's a great way to meet people and socialise with women who have babies the same age as mine."

Walking in a safe and sheltered environment is an ideal way for mums to keep fit and socialise with other mothers without being at the mercy of the weather, says City of Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett.

"Walking improves the health of your heart and helps prevent many chronic diseases while also stimulating the appropriate 'feel-good' hormones that help with overall well-being," he said.

"Most people start walking for physical health benefits but keep coming back because of the mental and social benefits."

The pram walking group meets at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City (in front of Subway) at 8.15am every Tuesday, walks around the centre and then stops for refreshments and conversation.

To celebrate its first birthday, members of the walking group will get the chance to win a $50 lucky draw each week in July, courtesy of Cockburn Gateway Shopping City.

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia's largest network of free, community-based walking groups and is coordinated locally by the City of Cockburn, supported by Cockburn Gateway Shopping City and local child health nurses.

For more details on opportunities to be physically active, go to www.beactivecockburn.com.au or call 9411 3444.

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City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9411 3551
W: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au


First anniversary of Heart Foundation Walking Pram Walking Group in Cockburn


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