Creating a healthier and happier community, Greta, a local GP prescribes Hamilton Parkrun to patients.
Dr Greta, also known as the ‘Wholistic GP’ is a strong believer of maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing to treat illness. Her mission is to engage, educate and inspire the people of the Western District to thrive by delivering conventional and integrative healthcare with lifestyle medicine.
Greta has been a member of Parkrun for many years and is now a Run Director along-side her family members and other local volunteers. Greta says the best thing about Parkrun is the social connection, inclusivity and feeling part of the local community… getting fitter is just a bonus.
Hamilton Parkrun is a not for profit organisation bringing the community together. It’s a weekly free timed 5km run, jog or walk around Lake Hamilton. It’s the perfect opportunity to get fit, make friends and be a part of an uplifting and enthusiastic community. Hamilton Parkrun was established in 2010 and has now completed 247 events with 15,010 individual finishes overall.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on parkrun, the community banded together and completed virtual events. All participants were given the opportunity to run individually and upload their run times, allowing everyone to stay motivated and accountable.
Whether you walk, jog or run there are many health benefits associated physical activity including: strengthening muscles, improving your heart’s health, maintaining a healthy weight, building strong bones and improving your overall mental health.
The benefits of social connections and good mental health are numerous. Proven links include lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, greater empathy, and more trusting and cooperative relationships.
SO, the question is: Are you looking to improve your fitness levels, overall health, wellbeing and make friends along the way? Well, the good news is, Hamilton Parkrun runs EVERY Saturday at 8.00am at Lake Hamilton, Rippon Road, Hamilton.
For more information head to: https://www.parkrun.com.au/hamilton/ or