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Health experts across East Yorkshire are encouraging local people to get outdoors this summer and take great strides towards improving their health.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Cancer Survivorship Team and staff from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Walking for Health Scheme have joined forces to create a new walking group in the Beverley area, encouraging people of all ages to get fit, stay healthy and make new friends too.

According to the NHS, two thirds of UK adults do not carry out the recommended amount of weekly activity and could, therefore, be putting their health at risk. Taking regular walks can reduce the risk of various health problems and medical conditions, including certain types of cancer. Physical activity can also reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and mortality in some cases, and can also cut a person’s risk of developing other long-term conditions.

Claire Walker, Clinical Support Worker with the Survivorship Team says:

“We’re really excited to be working with East Riding’s Walking for Health Scheme as it’s a great way to get people, especially those recovering from cancer such as the patients we support, more physically active. Being more active can help with some of the side effects people experience during and after cancer treatment, such as fatigue and depression.

“Whether you’re used to being active or new to it, regular physical activity such as walking is safe and can help you feel better in lots of ways. Most people nowadays will either have experienced cancer themselves or know someone who has, so this is a great opportunity to blow away the cobwebs, enjoy a nice walk out in the fresh air and know that you’ll be doing yourself a world of good.”

The first walk will take place on Monday 2nd June from Beverley Leisure Complex at 6.30pm and will then take place again on the next three consecutive Mondays (9th, 16th and 23rd). There will be an option of doing a 30 minute walk or slightly longer 1 hour walk, following which there will be free refreshments and a chance to socialise.

Walking for Health is a national scheme aimed at getting people of all ages and abilities more active, especially those who do very little exercise or those who are recovering from an illness or injury. In the East Riding, the scheme has been running for 10 years and has already helped hundreds of people to get out and about, explore the local area and meet lots of new people.

Steve is a cancer survivor and he will be leading the new walk route. He says:

“I am really looking forward to getting the walk up and running. We have a lot of cancer survivors who would not manage a normal ‘longer’ walk but, within the confines of a group and, at their own pace, they are looking forward to being able to get out and about.

“For some people, depending on what stage they’re at in their recovery, the walks are likely to be a tremendous effort, and we acknowledge that. At the same time, we’re a friendly and sociable bunch, so we would really welcome anyone who wants to do something a little different, and of course anything that gets people active has got to be a good thing.”

The walk is free of charge and no specialist equipment is required. All are welcome to attend the walk, whether you are have experienced cancer or not. No need to book a place, simply turn up at the Beverley Leisure Complex 15 minutes before the walk is due to start.

 

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