Walk this May: UK charity encouraging people during National Walking Month
Walk this May: UK charity encouraging people to take to their streets during National Walking Month
May is Living Streets’ National Walking Month. The walking charity is urging people to #Try20 – walk for 20 minutes a day for the month to experience the health and wellbeing benefits that come from small steps...
Living Streets’ National Walking Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of making streets fit for all. The charity will launch its #nine90 campaign in May, calling for streets to be designed with nine year olds and 90 years olds in mind;
2019 marks the charity’s 90th anniversary, providing an opportunity to celebrate some of its achievements so far – introducing zebra crossings, speed limits and the driving test; To discuss bespoke articles or to request interviews with our celebrity ambassador, case studies, images or interviews, contact Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is urging the public to ‘Try20’ during National Walking Month this May. The campaign encourages people to walk for 20 minutes every day throughout May and observe the big differences small steps can make. It will be the fourth year Living Streets has run its #Try20 campaign. The charity will offer tips on how to fit 20 minutes of walking into busy daily lives.
Health experts recommend a brisk daily walk as an easy way to improve your health, with 20 minutes of walking a day being a good step towards achieving 150 minutes of physical activity a week as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer.
Walking has been shown to reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, depression and Type 2 diabetes. In fact, increased levels of walking and cycling could even save the NHS £17 billion pounds over the course of 20 years.
Living Streets will launch its #nine90 campaign in May, calling for streets to be designed with nine year olds and 90 years olds in mind. The charity states that when streets are accessible for nine year olds and 90 years old - with safe crossings, better pavements and lower speed limits - they become accessible for everyone.
The charity will release the results of an extensive survey to establish the reasons people are put off walking in later life.
Living Streets’ National Walking Month will also play host to Walk to School Week (20 – 24 May). Families are encouraged to walk to school for the whole week, with special 90th anniversary Walk to School Week packs being available for school pupils. The packs have activities for children to complete on the way to school, including spotting some of the measures Living Streets has introduced in its 90 years, such as the zebra crossing.
For more information, visit www.livingstreets.org.uk/nwm and follow us on Twitter: @livingstreets