Start the day the healthy way

Published on: Wednesday, 07-May-2014

Knowsley Council is encouraging residents to walk to work and school in a week long call to start the day in a healthy way.

National Walk to Work Week takes place on 12-16 May, whilst Walk to School Week follows on 19-23 May. 

They are annual events each May when Living Streets - a national charity who work to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets where people want to walk - encourage people to take to their feet and feel the benefits of walking.

There are many benefits to introducing physical activity into your daily routine including maintaining a healthy weight, boosting your energy levels and mood, as well as reducing your risk of stress.

Throughout the two weeks, the aim is to cut traffic congestion and pollution, as well as encouraging people to become more active during the weeks and beyond.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley said “We fully support these national initiatives and would encourage our residents take part.  Not only will they improve their general fitness, but it will help cut congestion and save money on petrol, which will benefit our residents.  By taking part, it might even encourage people to try out other types of exercise too!”

Knowsley’s parks, open spaces and woodlands provide a wealth of opportunities to explore the borough on foot.  There are also a range of heritage walks that have been developed in partnership with Merseyside Guides, so there is lots to discover in Knowsley.  You can also join a guided walk with the council’s Rangers - find out more at www.knowsley.gov.uk (things to do section).

In addition, Mersey Forest’s website includes a range of organised walks across the borough, find out more at www.merseyforest.org.uk/walk-in-the-woods-month

For further information about the national campaign, visit www.livingstreets.org.uk