WALK THIS WAY AND WALKING FOR HEALTH INITIATIVE
The ‘Walk This Way’ health walks programme is run by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as part of the re:fresh scheme, linked to the national ‘Walking for Health’ initiative. It is a programme of free guided short walks in the local community aimed particularly at beginners taking the first steps to make walking part of their regular routine. There are currently 16 health walks taking place every week all year round throughout the borough with the help of trained volunteer walk leaders. As well as our health walk participants, many of our volunteer walk leaders are members of the Walk This Way Choir. The health walks are designed as a free, easy and enjoyable way for people to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity. Walking regularly at any speed will help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. It will also boost your immune system and improve flexibility of your joints, muscles and bones. Walking also helps improve your mental health and is a great social activity, giving people the chance to make new friends and enjoy good company.
The Walk This Way Choir is another great way to keep active, socialise and make new friends. Walking and singing in a choir together are surely an unbeatable way to improve your all round health and wellbeing.
Nick Burton... Community Physical Activity Officer Blackburn with Darwen Council