Worcestershire on track for an Active Summer

act10 Published Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Did you know that a brisk 10 minute walk every day can improve your health?

Worcestershire's residents are being encouraged to sign up to 10 minutes of exercise every day as part of a national fitness campaign.  

Worcestershire County Councillor John Smith, the Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Health and Well-being, is taking the fitness pledge: "We want everyone in Worcestershire to be healthier, live longer, have a better quality of life and remain independent for as long as possible. I am signing up to Active10 this summer. I know that regular exercise will improve my health and I want other people in the county to join me. It's just 10 minutes of exercise a day. We can all find time for that."  

Experts agree that a regular 10 minute brisk walk can make people feel better. It has been found to boost energy levels. It can help people with lower back pain and those who are at risk of high blood pressure. Regular exercise has also been found to reduce the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Across the country a total of 50,000 people have already downloaded the Active 10 app.  Hundreds of Worcestershire people are expected to join the campaign between now and the end of September.

It is hoped that major events in September such as the Worcester City 10k and the Tour of Britain cycle race will inspire more people to take up the challenge and to download the Active10 app.

To find out more information on Active 10 click www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#aPfCFUBkx2EzSgGQ.97

For more information on plans to make Worcestershire a healthier place to live click www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20296/worcestershire_corporate_plan/1226/health_and_wellbeing