Hertfordshire's health walkers walk five times around the world
PUBLISHED: 15:58 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:58 04 October 2016
The county council is encouraging Hertfordshire residents to take part in Health Walks after the scheme's success last year.
Last year health walkers and volunteers in Hertfordshire walked a combined distance of 122,000 miles, equivalent to about five times around the world.
Now that autumn has arrived, the county council advises residents to make the most of the sunny, crisp weather by taking part in Hertfordshire’s Health Walks.
More than 3,000 Hertfordshire residents took part in health walks last year, walking a total of 48,000 times and taking part in 2,700 individual walks offered across the county.
Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for public health, localism and libraries, said: “Inactivity levels in Hertfordshire are better than the national average, however there are still too many people who are not moving enough and their health is suffering as a result. Increasing the number of people who do regular physical activity is a key priority for us.
“In many ways walking is the perfect prescription, as it’s good for our health, it’s a great mood-booster and people can easily fit it into their busy lives. I would encourage everyone to give Health Walks a go.”
Derrick Ashley, cabinet member for environment, planning and transport, added: “Our Countryside Management Service has worked very hard to increase the number and variety of health walks available, and we are thrilled to see so many residents benefitting from all that Health Walks have to offer.”
Walks last between 20 and 90 minutes, and many of the routes are buggy and wheelchair accessible.
For a full list of walks and for more information about volunteering visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks
For information about other health initiatives in Hertfordshire visit www.hertsfordshire.gov.uk/healthinherts