National Walking Month – May 2023
|Tips for walking 20 minutes every day National Walking Month 1st-31st May is National Walking month and a wonderful opportunity for you to increase your steps. Walking is one of the cheapest ways to get more active and it provides an opportunity to discover local greenspace that you may otherwise miss when travelling by car. By walking for just 20-30 minutes per day, you can reduce the risk of many preventable health conditions such as cardiovascular or coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity. Living Streets is a UK charity whose aim is to make walking an everyday activity. For National Walking month they have come up with 20 tips to help you to fit 20 minutes of walking into your day over the next month. Click on this link to take a look: #Try20 tips |Living Streets|
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May to August Mass Hertfordshire Health Walk Monday 15th May 2023 Hertfordshire Health Walks are holding a Mass Health Walk on Monday 15th May for National Walking Month. Our aim to get as many people out together to enjoy the simple and FREE activity of walking. We have 15 fantastic walks taking place across the county and we invite you to join us for this exciting event. Encourage friends, colleagues, family and community members to join us, to get as many people walking across Hertfordshire as possible. Have a look at our summer timetables to find a Monday walk near you.
|Health Walks Summer Timetables Our summer timetables for May to August are available on our website. As well as regular walks that take place all-year round there are some additional walks planned for the lighter evenings ahead. Visit our website to register as a new walker and book onto a walk. By registering as a walker, you will have access to your own Health Walks Hub account where you can see all the walks that you’ve been on. You could even set yourself a challenge to go further than usual and monitor the distance you achieve during the month of May.|
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& air quality monitoring Walking for a cleaner, greener Hertfordshire Air pollution is one of the biggest health risks facing everyone in the UK and Hertfordshire County Council is aiming for cleaner air for everyone by 2030. Hertfordshire Health Walks volunteers recently helped the Hertfordshire Sustainability Team by carrying an air quality monitor on a number of walks. You can find out more about what they did by clicking the green button on the left to watch a short video on YouTube. During National Walking Month, why not do your bit to improve air quality and personal fitness by walking short distances that you would usually drive? If you would like to know more up to date information about air quality or to receive local pollution alerts, you can sign up and join the ‘Let’s clear the air’ campaign. You’ll find out how air quality is measured, how to reduce air pollution in your area, and what is being done across Hertfordshire. To view the commitments and strategy for a cleaner, greener, more environmentally sustainable county, visit our website at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/Sustainable Hertfordshire
|Final thought Featured in our last newsletter was the walk planned to see the bluebells that took place at Stream Woods in Hatfield. There was a great turnout with people coming from surrounding areas. Everybody was delighted with the weather and the bluebells were just coming out beautifully. Thanks to Marian, Sue, Tony and Teresa who led the walk, and for everyone who turned up to make it so enjoyable.|