Get Active: Step into healthy lifestyle with 5km Mayesbrook Park push
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 June 2015
It’s time to stop sleepwalking to inactivity and make a change – according to the borough’s cabinet member for adult social care and health.
Cllr Maureen Worby wants to get people off their sofas for a 5km walk at 6pm today (Wed) in Mayesbrook Park.
“Walking is often underrated as an exercise,” she said. “But it’s simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.”
She added walking can even reduce the risk of life-threatening illnesses.
“Regular walking can actually reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke – and even some cancers,” she said. “It’s never too late to start and summer is a great time to make a change, get active and get into a walking habit.”
Today’s walk follows on from last year’s “mass participation” walks, and is part of the council’s #makeachange campaign to encourage healthier lifestyles.
The free walk is open to all and registration begins at 5.30pm at Mayesbrook Park. The walk will take a circular route via Barking Park, ending back at Mayesbrook Park.
Participants can take the walk at whatever pace they wish, and will be awarded a medal if they make it to the end.
Cabinet member for education and schools Evelyn Carpenter backed the fitness push.
“Stepping up the amount of walking we do is one of the best ways to include exercise in our busy lives,” she said. “And it’s such a great way to get healthy and boost our general sense of wellbeing.”
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