Heartfelt call to step out in Surf to City

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 01/02/2013
Kellie Grant
JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ
Southland nurse Kellie Grant, with her daughters Anna, 3, and Tayla, 1, prepares for next weekend’s Surf to City.

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A young mum is encouraging Southlanders to pull on their sneakers and take part in the Surf to City for the sake of their health.

Cardiac rehabilitation nurse Kellie Grant will be walking the ILT Foundation 6km fun run/walk section of the Surf to City on February 10, her first time participating in the event.

The Surf to City provided young parents like Mrs Grant with a way of getting out and keeping active without extra hassle, she said.

"You don't need to buy a $1000 gym membership, you can just go out walking.

"Just put your kids in a pram and get going."

Her 3-year-old daughter, Anna, will be riding alongside on her scooter, and Mrs Grant will push her 18-month-old daughter, Tayla, in a pushchair.

She said the girls were too young to be excited about the walk, but Anna had been practising riding her scooter on the gravel road near their house.

As a cardiac rehabilitation nurse, part of her job was inspiring patients to incorporate more exercise into their daily routine.

Walking and social events such as the Surf to City were easy ways to get active, and anyone could take part, she said.

Mrs Grant is also involved with the Heart Foundation, and said this link encouraged her to take part in the event.

This year, the Surf to City coincided with the beginning of the Heart Foundation's national appeal week, and $1 from every entrant's fees would be given to the Heart Foundation.

The money raised would be used to promote heart care in Southland, she said.

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