Backing walk to work week

PEOPLE are being urged to get their walking shoes on ahead of a national campaign to encourage people to go to work on foot.

National Walk To Work Week runs from May 9-13.

The challenge comes as the latest figures reveal that a quarter of UK adults are now classified as obese and that people jump into the car for over a fifth of journeys shorter than one mile.

Walk To Work Week is part of the Walk to Work Campaign, which is run by national charity Living Streets, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and supported by walking organisation Walk England.

Hartlepool Borough Council is playing its part in Walk To Work Week by encouraging its staff to travel all or part of their way to work on foot and registering their total steps or time spent walking on the Walk to Work Week website to stimulate healthy competition between staff and other organisations.

Steven Carter, the council’s workplace health improvement specialist, said: “Walking all or part of your commute is an excellent way to get some activity into your day, doing wonders for both your mental and physical health.

“Even if it’s not practical to walk the whole way, by getting off the bus earlier or jumping off the train a couple of stops in advance, we can all walk more in our daily lives and reap the benefits.”

To find out more about workplace health activities happening locally, contact Mr Carter on (01429) 523583 or email steven.carter@hartlepool.gov.uk.