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Bid to raise awareness

Torika Tokalau
Friday, April 11, 2014

IN their bid to contribute towards the awareness of rheumatic heart disease, Westpac staff will hold their second morning walk on June 7.

Westpac head of marketing Nirmala Nambiar said the event would be dedicated to rheumatic heart disease awareness week which begins on June 2.

"Since rheumatic heart disease is a non-communicable disease, Westpac has come forward to support the cause," Ms Nambiar said.

She said they were looking forward to support from corporate houses and government departments.

"We want them to encourage their staff to participate as part of their health and wellness initiative."

The first morning walk was held last month with about people across 11 centres taking part.

"The theme is Brisk it or Risk it which is all about having an active life and plenty of exercise, good food and regular health checks," said Westpac general manager Adrian Hughes.

"We are all part of the problem and these walks are all about becoming a small part of the solution by spreading the word about living a healthy lifestyle.

"The objective this year is to co-host four walks in 11 locations across Fiji and our target is to reach 20,000 walkers, a 50 per cent increase from last year's walks."

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