The Heart Foundation is delighted to accept funding allocated through the Liberal government’s state budget for two of its programs.
The pledges will see $400,000 spent to improve Tasmanians’ physical health, mental health, and social connectedness by expanding the Heart Foundation Walking program, and $600,000 to support Tasmanians who are most at risk of coronary heart disease.
Heart Foundation Tas CEO Kellie-Ann Jolly said that according to Heart Foundation data the current rate of risk factors for coronary heart disease in the Tasmanian population is among the highest in the country.
“Tasmania tops the chart in obesity,has the second-highest smoking rate, and ranks third-poorest when it comes to physical inactivity,” she said.
Walking for an average of 30 minutes a day can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes by 30 to 40 per cent. It represents the most reliable, affordable and accessible way to increase physical activity in vulnerable populations.
“All around Tassie, groups of energetic folks of all ages and abilities get together – abiding by the restrictions of the time, of course – at least weekly for a stroll around the neighbourhood, a good chat and the occasional morning tea to finish off,” said Ms Jolly.
“But if groups aren’t your thing, you can jump online, answer a few questions and in no time you’ll receive a Heart Foundation Personal Walking Plan to get you started.”
The Heart Foundation Walking program in Tasmania has 1500 walkers participating across 118 walking groups. So far, more than 2500 Tasmanians have commenced a Personal Walking Plan.
The second budget windfall for the Heart Foundation is in the form of $600,000 to support people following hospital admission for angina or heart attack.
“Survivors confirm that their greatest concerns are fear of having another attack, fear of dying, not being able to return to normal family life, and work or financial issues,” said Ms Jolly.
“We must help people living with coronary heart disease by ensuring that they have access to the information and support they need to manage their condition and improve their quality of life.
“Both these funding commitments will help the Heart Foundation improve the lives of more Tasmanians and help to prevent further deaths.”