Local people can take a stroll towards being healthy with three new walks in East Cambridgeshire.

The new weekly health walks are designed to be fun, social and to be a gentle work out, and would also be suitable for people who have suffered injury or ill-health.

The new walks in East Cambridgeshire are all free and part of the expanding Heart Beat Healthy Walks, which have been  developed by a number of partners including Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The National Trust and My Time Active. The walks last around 30 minutes and include:

  • A walk starting at the Musculoskeletal Department of the Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely, taking place every Monday starting at 9.45 am 
  • An evening walk starting from the St George's Medical Centre, Littleport. The first walk starts on Wednesday 16 April meeting at 6.30 pm and will continue weekly 
  • A walk around Bottisham and Lode starting from Anglesey Abbey Car Park. This walk will start on Thursday 17 April 2014, running weekly at 1:30pm.  This new walk is in partnership with the National Trust

Heart Beat Healthy Walks is a Walking for Health scheme and welcomes new walkers throughout the year. There are number of these walks throughout East Cambridgeshire to suit all needs starting at a variety of times and locations. More information can be found here 

Dr. Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "Physical inactivity increases the risk of many diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.  Walking has been described as the near perfect exercise. Even walking at a moderate pace for 150 minutes a week is enough to provide substantial health benefits. And, you don't have to do this all at once or do it alone, you can accumulate 150 minutes per week by being active in short 10 minute bursts, and invite others to walk with you". 

If you would like to walk with Heart Beat Healthy Walks or train as a Walking for Health Volunteer Walk Leader please contact the Scheme Co-ordinator, Sam Miller, by phone 01480 379300 or email [email protected].  You can also see the full programme and find out about other health walks in your area by logging onto http://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/

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