Posted: Tuesday 21st March 2017
On May 16th 2016, Hertfordshire County Council’s Hertfordshire Health Walks team organised a Mass Health Walk, to get as many residents walking at the same time across the county. As a fixture in the Hertfordshire Walking Festival and in celebration of National Walking Month, the Mass Health Walk saw 630 walkers take part across 19 different walk locations.
Health Walks are short, regular, sociable and free walks designed to improve the health and wellbeing of all who take part. Graded between 20 and 90 minutes the walks are led by trained and insured volunteers and are accredited by the National Walking for Health initiative (a partnership between Ramblers UK and Macmillan Cancer Support).
Hertfordshire Health Walks project officer Sian Price says, ‘We’re delighted so many people stepped out to support our Health Walks across the County today; it has been a positive and uplifting event to be involved with and hopefully those who attended now feel motivated to walk more as a result.’
Health Walker Brenda from Hoddesdon says, ‘[the walk] is a fantastic start to the week; doing what I enjoy and the chance to make friends.’
Hertfordshire County Council is supporting the Public Health England One You health campaign, to encourage people to make small changes to their lifestyle in order to make big improvements to their health. A short walk is the perfect way to increase your activity levels and reach the target of 10,000 steps per day set by the NHS.
On July 7th it is One You day in Hertfordshire – why not join a Health Walk on this day. For more information about One You and other small changes you can make to improve your health visit NHS One You.