In Australia, heart disease is a leading health problem and cause of death.
According to the Heart Foundation, it kills 59 people all over the country each and every day. That equates to about one person every 24 minutes.
Sunday (September 29) is World Heart Day – a time for people to spare a thought for heart disease and the 1.4 million Australians that are currently affected by the illness.
It's also a great time to get some exercise, says the Heart Foundation.
This organisation, in association with the World Heart Federation, is encouraging people to "increase their physical activity on World Heart Day", according to a September 27 media statement.
According to a recent study conducted by the Heart Foundation, approximately 25 per cent of people have no idea how much physical exercise they get done on the average day.
"Most adults know the importance of being active, but busy lifestyles, safety concerns and a lack of motivation make it easy to put off being active," said Rachelle Foreman, health director of the Heart Foundation (Queensland).
That's why the Heart Foundation has organised a series of "walking groups", which are suitable for people of all fitness levels and ages.
Ms Foreman said that just 30 minutes of walking a day has the potential to reduce a person's chances of developing heart disease by up to 50 per cent.
So, put your health first this World Heart Day, and spend some quality time in the great outdoors with your friends or family!
You can also show your dedication to corporate health by urging your staff to get involved in the Heart Foundation's walking groups.
They're absolutely free to join, and are located all over the country – so you're sure to find one close to the office!
The Heart Foundation reveals that absenteeism and "poor health" cost businesses around Australia about $7 million a year. So, your business could potentially save a huge amount of money by simply making physical activity a priority.
You can also demonstrate that your employees' health is important to your company by organising a business health insurance policy.
If you would like to explore your business health insurance options, get in touch with HICA today for a no-obligation quote.
And don't forget to celebrate World Heart Day!