FREMANTLE police officers are used to being on the beat, but they will be walking for a different cause next month when they take part in the annual Walk to Work Day.
The event encourages people to throw away their car keys for the day and walk at least a kilometre of their journey to work to promote daily exercise in combating diabetes.
According to dietician Joanna McMillan, walking reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as working to prevent stroke and heart disease.
Constable Helen Tomkin said the event was a great way to build team spirit with colleagues while raising awareness of diabetes.
‘Events such as this encourage you to realise how easy is it is to make a small change to your daily routine and how it is not too late to get your fitness back on track,’ she said.
‘What people often forget is that exercise not only encourages better physical health but also promotes better mental health.
‘Policing can be a tough job and there is nothing like a brisk walk in the fresh air to clear the mind after a day at work.’
Walk to Work Day is on November 14.
Visit www.walk.com.au to become involved.