Department of Veterans Affairs health program

Fancy a walk around the beautiful Riverton? Photo: Riverton Caravan Park.
Fancy a walk around the beautiful Riverton? Photo: Riverton Caravan Park.

The Riverton RSL, in conjunction with the Dept of Veterans Affairs, will promote and host a walking for health programme called “A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION” with participants invited from both the veteran and local resident communities.

It is envisaged a walking group would be formed to simply engage in some exercise using the walking trails around the Riverton Duck Pond and oval areas, distances to be governed by the personal abilities of the walker.

This project has received funding from the DVA for a number of pedometers from the 10,000 step national programme which will be loaned out to walkers.

It is not the aim of the project to get all participants walking 10,000 steps a day but simply to provide the motivation to achieve a number of daily steps that suits the ability of the person.

This will be celebrated at a monthly gathering of walkers at the RSL clubrooms over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

It is probable the walking group would meet weekly at a time and day to be agreed to by the participants for the combined activity but all will be encouraged to keep their pedometers attached every day to record the steps into their personal journal.

Riverton RSL Projects Coordinator Mike Johnson said this project was a combination of exercise and social enjoyment.

A formation meeting will be held at the Riverton RSL Clubrooms on Saturday, October 22 from 10am which will also be attended by representatives of the DVA who will encourage the programme participants and providing give aways and incentives.

Further information is available by contacting Mike Johnson on 8847 2127 or 0417 835 148.