WALK THE BLOCK with Whittlesea U3A members
On Thursday March 20th at 12.30 Whittlesea U3A members participated in the Victoria Walks. A Vic Health and Victoria Healthy Together initiative. It was a short walk around the block from the Meeting Room at May Road Lalor and we welcomed the community to join us.
The World Health Organisation tells us that as a society, we don’t walk as often, or as far, as generations before us did. In fact, in Melbourne alone around 40 per cent of the trips people make in cars are less than 2km long. That’s a pity, because these short trips can be walked, which is great for exercise, getting to know your neighbourhood and having fun!
Lalor is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Melbourne’s central business district in the local government area of the City of Whittlesea. At the 2011 census, Lalor had a population of 19,873 and yesterday the Whittlesea U3A family, represented by the members who were available at midday, walked the Block in Lalor. Lalor is named after Peter Lalor, leader of the Eureka Stockade rebellion and later member of the Victorian Parliament.
As you can see from the photographs there could not have been a happier group Walking the Block for fitness and fun. A big thank you for Carol and Bob for their great photography.
The World Health Organisation tells us that as a society, we don’t walk as often, or as far, as generations before us did. In fact, in Melbourne alone around 40 per cent of the trips people make in cars are less than 2km long. That’s a pity, because these short trips can be walked, which is great for exercise, getting to know your neighbourhood and having fun! There’s hardly a modern issue that walking doesn’t touch: it can improve health, strengthen social and community connections, reduce the cost of living, contribute to safer and more liveable communities and even help save the planet. The physical and mental health benefits have been documented by the World Health Organisation so come and join us on a short walk around the block.
We did some site seeing as we Walked the Block.
Walk the block Vic Parks Walk the Block in conjunction with Vic Parks, City of Whittlesea Healthy Living.
Mary Renshaw thought it would be good to get involved in this walk to get a few of us out on the street and exercise. A short walk of 10-15 minutes was the plan and the walk was to take place in May Road so as to get our profile out there among the locals.
It turned out to be a little warm so perhaps that is why we had a dissapointing amount of walkers. Then those who did join in were wanting to get back to the office so as to have lunch. Timing was not ideal but then when is a good time?
A Group of 12 or so set out from the office with a banner held proudly at the lead. The carrying of the banner was passed around allowing most to have a turn at being leaders. Walking along doing a lot of chatting you could understand why they were getting a little out of breath, HaHa. Our block ended up being just 1/2 the block and very little happened around the shops so I don’t think it raised much awareness of U3A in Lalor shopping area.
Mary hopes to get this up and running as a regular walk so hopefully next time there will be a bigger crowd and the walk will take place up and down May Road shops and all will see that U3A is in the area and we are a group who get out and enjoy being active.