The Hunter Memory Walk and Jog is on again with this year's event being staged on March 31 at Speers Point Park.
The Hunter event is one of nine being held nationwide to raise funds to support the work of Dementia Australia.
Dementia Australia provides support, education and resources for people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends.
Last year more than 1000 people took part from across the Hunter region and Dementia Australia national campaign manager Rosie Keating said they were expecting more than 700 entrants this month. Participants can choose to take part in a two-kilometre or 7.5km walk, jog or run.
"We're aiming to raise $110,000 from this event and all of the funds raised will benefit support services in the Hunter region," Ms Keating said.
"A lot of people might not know this but getting active is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of getting dementia.
"So it's a great event to take the family to as it helps raise funds to help others and also helps reduce your own risk of dementia."
Ms Keating said you can find out more information about reducing the risk of dementia through yourbrainmatters.org.au.
Dementia Australia ambassadors taking part in the Hunter event this year will be Giants netballer Samantha Poolman and 800 Words actress Jessica Redmayne, also a former Hi-5 member.
Both have personal connections to dementia.
Dementia Australia chief executive Maree McCabe said the course is family friendly, and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
"We're excited to be returning to the Hunter Valley in 2019 and to be working with Australians to get active and beat dementia, whilst raising much-needed funds and awareness," Ms McCabe said.
There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as raffles, plenty of entertainment for the whole family, food stalls, and a special guest appearance from Memory Walk and Jog mascot Al the Elephant.
You can register or find out more about Dementia Australia's biggest fundraiser of the year at www.memorywalk.com.au.
Hunter services provided by Dementia Australia include Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker program to support people under the age of 65 with dementia, face-to-face counselling services, carers' education and Cafe Connect, which is a social group for people with dementia as well as their families and carers and is held in Newcastle, Maitland and Nelson Bay.
Hunter Memory Walk and Jog entries will also be available from 7am on the day at Speers Point Park.
According to Dementia Australia, an estimated 436,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058.
Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer's Australia. Dementia Australia's services are supported by the Australian Government.
The National Dementia Helpline is 1800 100 500.
Upcoming Fitness Events
Hunter Memory Walk and Jog, Speers Point, March 31: Raising funds to aid the work of Dementia Australia, which provides support, education and resources for people living with dementia in Australia, their carers, families and friends.
NewRun 2019, Newcastle Foreshore, April 7: The 5km, Herald Hill2Harbour 10km, 21.1km and kids 2km courses are back plus a new 42.2km option, which can also be done as a relay.
Coastal Ascent Trail Run, Dixon Park, April 28: Starting and finishing at Dixon Park and running through Glenrock State Conservation Area, this new event offers 11km and 25km options.
Autumn Sessions Week #3
Don't let the wet weather deter you from fitness. Hit the gym or set up a session inside that could look like this:
Set 1: 5 squats, 20 seconds wall squat hold, 10 squats, 40sec squat hold, 15 squats, 60sec squat hold.
Set 2: 2 push-ups, 10 mountain climbers/shuffles, 4 push-ups, 20 mountain climbers. Progress to 10 push-ups, 50 mountain climbers.
Set 3: 5 dead lifts, 5 bent-over rows, 10 lunges (make it harder by making them jump lunges), 10 dead lifts, 10 rows, 20 lunges, 15 dead lifts, 15 rows 30 lunges.
Finish with core work. Make it harder with a set of burpees.
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Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three.