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$1m grant to get older Australians moving

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The National Heart Foundation of Australia has welcomed a $1 million grant from the Sport Australia Better Ageing program to develop its new Walk Wise initiative.

Walk Wise aims to boost physical activity among Australians aged 65 and over through walking, either independently or as part of a group.

The funding comes at an important time when sedentary behaviour and isolation are key risk factors in our ageing population. Health-related reasons (including physical and mental health as well as disability or injury) are the main barriers to older Australians participating in sport or physical activities.

Through the building of the Better Ageing grants program, Sport Australia hopes to address these barriers by providing age- and ability-appropriate versions of sports and exercise. These can help overcome health issues associated with inactivity, including cardiovascular and metabolic problems, weight control, and chronic diseases.

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Source:
Unknown Author, 2019, National Seniors (https://nationalseniors.com.au/)

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