Walking for Health aims to improve the nation's health and well being by encouraging more people to become physically active through the simplest form of exercise, walking.
A health walk is a short, purposeful walk undertaken on a regular basis. Although walking at any speed can be beneficial and to be good for the heart should be 'brisk' (i.e. more than just a stroll). As well as improving physical health, organised walks can help improve mental wellbeing by providing an opportunity to socialise and a distraction from everyday stress.
Maybe you would like to become a health walk leader?Volunteer Health Walks Leaders are specifically trained to lead health walks and health walks groups in Worcestershire. There are several established health walks groups across Worcestershire in need of additional Health Walks Leaders or perhaps you are interested in setting up a new health walks group in your area.
Free training and support is available. For more information on becoming a Health Walks Leader contact the Health Walks Officer, Lynn Yendell.
Health Walks are supported by the Worcestershire Walking Network is a partnership funded by Worcestershire County Council Countryside Service and the Public Health Department, NHS Worcestershire. Its Steering Group also invites representation from the six District Councils across Worcestershire and the County Sports Partnership – Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
The Network aims to provide a 'championship' forum for all those involved in promoting and supporting walking in Worcestershire for health gain. It acts to raise awareness of the benefits of walking, and local walking for health schemes, to increase participation in active recreation, physical activity and sport. It also provides an opportunity for members to share good practice and offer support to one another.