In partnering with Health and Wellbeing Queensland (HWQld), Her Excellency, Dr Jeanette Young, Governor of Queensland, hosted a Governor’s community walk on Thursday 31 August, coinciding with Queensland Walks Month and Multicultural Queensland Month.
During August, Queenslanders were encouraged to join the spirit of Queensland Walks Month by stepping outside amid the crisp fresh air and gentler winter sunshine to enjoy the highly effective exercise of walking.
Queensland Multicultural Month was also honoured in August to celebrate Queensland’s diversity, and recognise the benefits to Queensland of many backgrounds, skills and experiences.
The third joint HWQld Governor’s community walk for 2023 provided an opportunity to explore the Fernberg Estate bushland, on the last day of winter.
A group of nearly 100 community members and representatives from our partner program 10,000 Steps, along with members of Queensland Walks and Queensland Bushwalks, joined staff from both HWQld and the Office of the Governor for the walk.
Health and Wellbeing Queensland Executive Director Ms Gemma Hodgetts said the joint community walk was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our state of many cultures and languages while enjoying the benefits of physical exercise through walking.
‘At Health and Wellbeing Queensland we are working tirelessly to open up accessible and affordable opportunities for all Queenslanders to live their healthiest lives possible,’ Ms Hodgetts said.
‘We recognise that physical activity and all types of sport and recreation provide avenues to make healthy happen and connect with members of our community.
‘In honoring Queensland Walks Month and Multicultural Australia we are also reminded that together, we can create a future where all Queenslanders have their best chance to lead healthier lives, no matter who they are or where they live.’
The community walks provide a reminder of the health benefits that the super-power exercise of walking brings, in addition to being an easy, affordable and accessible way for Queenslander families with children to spend more time together.
The next community walk is expected to take place on Thursday 7 September to celebrate National Child Protection Week (3–9 September).
For more information visit the Queensland Government House website.