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Walk and Talk campaign promotes heart health in Ipswich

Guy Hazlewood    May 7, 2024    2 min read   

Heart Week takes place from May 6 to 12 and Ipswich residents are being urged to lace up their shoes and engage in conversations about heart health.

The initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular wellness within the community.


Ipswich, like many regions, faces significant health challenges, with six out of 10 residents exhibiting at least one risk factor such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, or obesity.

In response to these concerns, the Ipswich City Council has created the Active and Healthy Program, which offers a diverse range of free and affordable group sports, recreational activities, and wellness workshops.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding highlighted the program’s success, revealing that in the 2022-2023 financial year, participation surged to 18,554 individuals across 1,112 activities.

From yoga to aqua fitness, and from mums and bubs sessions to Zumba classes, there’s something for everyone within the program’s offerings.

“Among these activities, walking remains a favourite choice for exercise,” Mayor Harding said.

“Our city boasts numerous scenic walkways, parks, and nature reserves where residents can stroll at their leisure, free of charge.”

She encouraged residents to explore local treasures such as the Brassall Bikeway, Flinders Goolman Nature Reserve, and Limestone Park, emphasising the importance of integrating physical activity into daily routines.

Heart Week serves as a timely reminder for individuals to prioritise their cardiovascular health.

Mayor Harding advised starting conversations about heart health at home or with healthcare professionals, discussing lifestyle choices, medical history, and family health trends.

Routine check-ups including blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar level assessments are vital for maintaining heart health.

The Ipswich City Council has produced videos showcasing the diverse range of activities available through the Active and Healthy Ipswich program.

Residents are encouraged to visit the council’s website and sign up for the program, which has been made more accessible through the new Active and Healthy App, catering to individuals with busy lifestyles.

“Take the initiative to prioritise your heart health today,” said Mayor Harding.

“Join us in making Ipswich a healthier, happier community.”

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Guy Hazlewood