SOUTH Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) and Fairfield City Council are promoting walking for health by signing the Walk21 International Walking Charter yesterday.
The charter encourages communities to be healthier by reducing physical and social barriers that may limit walking.
Signatories commit to several strategies including providing new spaces and networks for walking, reducing crime and improving road and pedestrian safety.
SWSLHD chief executive Amanda Larkin said the district and council had been working together to improve the health of residents through exercise.
"For many years we've enjoyed a great partnership with Fairfield City Council and signing this charter is one of many great initiatives that has come from this commitment to encouraging and supporting healthy lifestyles," Ms Larkin said.
"Walking has significant physical and mental health benefits. Evidence shows that walking on a regular basis can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, help maintain a healthy weight and control diabetes."
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone encouraged residents to be healthy, get outdoors and walk often.
"We have invested heavily in the health of our residents through the construction of purpose-built walking paths, outdoor gym equipment for all abilities and high-quality playgrounds in a number of our parks," Cr Carbone said.
"Fairfield City has some of the most extensive walking and cycling paths of any LGA in NSW."
For more information visit:walk21.com/charter/