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Living Streets - Walking works campaign

(23 April 2021)

Happy Friday everyone. Here is some news from the wellbeing front. Starts with a puzzle: What’s free, works any time of day, makes you immediately feel better and doesn’t require a prescription? Kind of a miracle cure… exercise. We’ve teamed up with Living Streets to give staff an opportunity to get involved in their walking works campaign and promoting different ways you can get involved in 'National Walking Month of May'.

We are excited to work with Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, who aim to make walking the natural choice for every day, local journeys and inspire people to live more active and healthier lives. 

Although we might not all be physically working together, we can all still walk together! 

Recent stats and increasing pressures on our healthcare system suggest we should take this seriously:

  • 39% of the adult population in the UK is physically inactive (with less than 30 minutes activity a day!) 
  • adults spend 16 times longer watching TV than being physically active 
  • 61% of all adults (65% of men and 56% of women) and 30% of children are overweight or obese Let’s be part of the movement to bring about change

Commencing 3 May, four small challenges will be set on how to implement more walking into your daily routine. The first two include 'hold a walking meeting' and 'arrange a lunchtime walk'. We know many of you are still working from home and alternative suggestions are available along with social distance guidance. Please visit www.dur.ac.uk/greenspace/travel/walking/ for full details. 

Before you commence you will be encouraged to make a pledge by visiting www.livingstreets.org.uk/workplaces/your-walking-pledge and commit to taking steps to a healthier and happier you. The challenges will keep you on track to meet that pledge. Everyone who makes a pledge will be asked to complete a survey (optional) and all respondents will be entered in a prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher. 

So why not visit the Greenspace website www.dur.ac.uk/greenspace/travel/walking/ for further details. 

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