Hartlepool health drive walks off with award

WALK ON: National seal of approval
WALK ON: National seal of approval

A WALKING scheme in Hartlepool was given legs after receiving a national seal of approval.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s walking programme ‘Walk About In Hartlepool’ has been awarded national accreditation by the Walking for Health initiative run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Walking for Health is a nationwide movement dedicated to improving the nation’s wellbeing through walking and has recently improved its accreditation criteria.

The accreditation endorses the quality of experience and support which walkers can expect when taking part in one of the ‘Walk About In Hartlepool’ walks.

Rachael Graham, the council’s sport and physical activity officer, 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 which regular walking brings, providing support every step of the way.

“People on our walks also have lots of fun, making new friends and getting to know their local area. Many of us know we should be more active, so why not join in and let us welcome you on our next walk.”

The council’s programme runs walks which are no longer than 90 minutes in length, with at least one walk of less than 30 minutes every month.

By keeping walks short, new walkers and those with long-term health conditions feel more confident getting started.

Walking counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity which people should be doing each week.

For more information about the ‘Walk About In Hartlepool’ programme, visit www.hartlepool.gov.uk/walkscalendar or contact Rachael Graham on (01429) 284414 or email: rachael.graham@hartlepool.gov.uk