Walk to wellness – A healthy and sustainable cause

Chiara Muzzin

This Friday 5th October, Cardno will be supporting Walk to Work Day, an initiative helping employees build regular walking into their daily routine and at the same time, support and raise awareness for Diabetes Australia.

At Cardno, we recognise the importance of walking on a regular basis and how walking influences the day-to-day lives of our employees. Walking is a great way to improve our physical and social health, as well as our mental wellbeing. For Walk to Work Day, Cardno will endorse the following;

  • Walk as much as we can on Walk to Work Day. Walk part – or if we can, all – the way to work.
  • If our employees can’t walk all the way, we can get off the bus, train or tram a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way, park our cars further way, or take a half-hour walk at lunchtime.
  • Walk in a group or individually – all walking helps support the cause.

Cardno's Graduate Civil Engineer, Nuzra Davahir from our Western Australian team commits to walking to and from work every day, travelling up to 2km each way.

"The best part about walking to work is that it helps me start the day better. As I walk, I try to immerse myself in nature that surrounds - the trees, flowers, leaves and breathing in the fresh air," she said.

“Being stuck in traffic can impact your mood in a negative way and can affect how you feel for the rest of the day. If you want to get into a more positive commuting routine, leave the car at home, skip the short bus ride, avoid the elevator and treat yourself to a leisurely walk.”

Walking is also a mode of transport that is sustainable in the senses of environmental, social and climate impact and is freely available to us all.

“Walking can reduce the demand for fuel, it reduces the number of cars used by sole drivers and decreases the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the air and noise pollution,” Nuzra said.

“Sitting down less and applying just that little bit of extra movement to our day is what we should all be striving towards in the workplace and broader community.”

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Great story! I love that you've got ideas for people who can't walk all the way to work to take part, and emphasising that every little bit makes a big difference.

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Kylie (Your Move)

Hi Chiara, you have earned 40 activity points for promoting Walk to Work Day. Fitting in a walk as part of your commute is a great way to increase your physical activity levels. We would love to know how it went, did more people walk and what would you do differently next year?

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