Maurice Has Walked 500 Walks and Aims For 500 More

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September 10, 2019

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Grand Pacific Health Cooma’s Health Promotion Team in partnership with Heart Foundation Walking, has awarded one of its walking group participants a certificate for recently completing 500 walks.

Maurice Pattison joined the ‘Cooma Pace Setters’ 5 years ago and even stepped up as Walk Organiser in 2016.

He says it has changed his life:

 "Before I started walking, I used to sit at home all day. I felt 20 years older and ready for the grave. Since I joined the walking group, my health and fitness have improved but I have made great friends as well."

 GPH Health Promotion Office Kate Greenwood says Maurice’s story is typical of many:

“They join the walking group to get fitter but stay in it for the social aspect.”

“Most of the walkers meet for coffee after the walks and Maurice has lately started organising monthly lunches, while Darrell always hosts a Christmas morning tea,” said Kate.

Darrell is another participant who has been with the group since it began in 2014 and took on the Walk Organiser role early in 2015. He works part time and is up to nearly 340 walks.

The Cooma Pace Setters meet on Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30am at Norris park, and on Wednesdays, 8:30 at Yareen Park. It's free to join in and all ages/ fitness levels are very welcome - no-one is left to walk alone.

 Heart Foundation Walking groups are also active in Nimmitabel (Tuesdays and Fridays), Dalgety (Mondays and Wednesdays) and Jindabyne (Tuesdays).

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