South Northants Health Walks scheme has been officially recognised and awarded national accreditation by Walking for Health .
The scheme is coordinated by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and the accreditation endorses the quality of experience and support participants can expect when taking part in one of the scheme’s 15 weekly walks.
Councillor Rosie Herring, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “We’re delighted our short walks have been accredited by Walking for Health.
“Our volunteer Walk Leaders help all sorts of people to enjoy the many health benefits that this form of regular exercise brings, providing support every step of the way.
“It is good exercise and also a chance to socialise with like-minded people while getting to know the local area.”
Walking for Health is a nationwide movement run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. It is dedicated to improving the nation’s health through walking.
There are local walks in Aynho, Brackley, Greatworth, King’s Sutton and Middleton Cheney and they are free, short and friendly.
They are held close to people’s homes and are led by a fully trained walk leader. Recently the accreditation criteria has been improved and the new robust requirements are designed to give new walkers added confidence that the scheme can support them to get fit and stay active.
The South Northants Health Walks scheme delivers walks that are no longer than 90 minutes in length, with at least one walk of less than 30 minutes every month.
It is claimed that byy keeping walks short, those new to this form of exercise and those with long term health conditions will feel more confident getting started.
Visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/1638.htm, email the SNC Sports Development Officer Colin Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01327 322337.