News anchor Kim Millar says her role as ambassador for this year's Run and Walk For Your Heart event was particularly timely.
She said her mother had dealt with heart disease about 30 years ago and had not experienced any other issues until recently.
"It's quite close to me, as my mum only a few weeks ago had several stents inserted into her heart," he said.
"So it was certainly timely to be the ambassador given that is was pretty close to our family at the moment."
Ms Millar said the event focused on the physical benefits of running and walking, but it was also about the conversations that arose about health.
"It's so good to be back out with like minded people in your own community.
"What I really noticed as I was walking ... is that it's a chance for people to chat in these difficult times. They're talking about their own health. They're talking about the health of friends and family," she said.
"Walking and they're talking. So there's the mental health benefit of that as well.
"Just by walking you're getting your heart rate up, you're looking after your health and I think we just we dismiss walking of being a great benefit and promote those high impact [activities]."
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Sunday morning marked the event's 13th year, as hundreds participated to raises awareness and some funding for heart disease at UTAS Stadium.
The event is run by the Clifford Craig Foundation, as it rounds out 30 days and 30 messages on heart health.
Clifford Craig Foundation chief executive officer Peter Milne said the event was the final event of the month long activities and was the first public event the foundation had held since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced.
He said it did raise some funds for the foundation, but it was predominantly about raising awareness.
"Northern Tasmania has the worst incidence of heart disease in Australia. So, we either sit back and do nothing or we do things like this to actually just communicate to people a lot of it's preventable," he said.
"We try to say on the first day of daylight savings, make a bit of a trigger point and commitment to say for the rest of the summer, let's get out and do something.
"Go for a walk once a week, twice a week, or go do some type of physical activity, and that will help people avoid heart disease."
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