Sun exposure and vitamin D

According to a media release posted on the Cancer Council Australia website this past weekend, “[n]ew recommendations published today (31/1) by national peak health bodies aim to provide clearer and simpler advice to Australians on how they can balance the need for sun protection to reduce skin cancer risk with maintaining healthy vitamin D levels for optimal health.”

Position statement – Sun exposure and vitamin D – risks and benefits


Walker honoured for volunteer contribution to CSIRO

Canberra Two-Day walker and former CSIRO employee Tom van Gerwen is featured in the 15 December issue of the Canberra Chronicle:
Tributes flow as stalwart marks 80th

After almost 40 years in CSIRO’s entomology section, Tom continued his work with insects by becoming the volunteer coordinator for CSIRO’s  Australian National Insect Collection volunteer program.

Tom has participated in every one of our 24 events, completing all our distance challenges!


Slow walking speed linked to Alzheimer’s disease

A study of walking speed and its possible relationship to Alzheimer’s disease was reported in the Canberra Times on 5 December.

The CT story was an excerpt from a UK London Telegraph article posted 2 December.

An abstract of the original research study Relationship of regional brain β-amyloid to gait speed is available from the journal Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.



Gerard Windsor reviews three books about walking

Author Gerard Windsor reviews three books about walking in the Canberra Times Panaroma magazine of 18 July:
Walking away: further travels with a troubadour on the South West Coast Path by Simon Armitage
A philosophy of walking by Frederic Gros
Born to walk: the transformative power of a pedestrian act by Dan Rubinstein

The article on page 15 is titled “Putting your best foot forward” and is available on the Canberra Times website under the heading “The reader’s guide to walking: why we do it and what we think about it.”



Ashley Hay reviews three books about walking

Author and walker Ashley Hay reviews three books about walking in the Weekend Australian Review magazine of 20-21 June:
A philosophy of walking by Frederic Gros
Born to walk: the transformative power of a pedestrian act by Dan Rubinstein
Nightwalking: a noctural history of London by Matthew Beaumont

The article on page 22 is titled “Foot notes” and is available online (though you may need to be a subscriber to read it) under the heading “Federic [sic] Gros, Matthew Beaumont, Dan Rubinstein: in all walks of life.”




A.C.T. Minister opens Walking Festival

ACT Minister Shane Rattenbury standing at a podium.

Mr Shane Rattenbury, A.C.T. Minister of Sport and Recreation Services, welcomes walkers to Canberra.

Mr. Shane Rattenbury, Minister of Sport and Recreation Services for the Australian Capital Territory, officially opened this year’s Canberra Walking Festival at 5PM on Friday, 27 March.

Australians from five states and the national capital welcomed the festival’s first participants from China as well as overseas walkers from Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.