Walk to help your health and the NHS

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

A THINK-TANK has warned that the NHS is suf­fer­ing its ‘hard­est

decade ever’.

As our lives be­come more in­ac­tive, we are grow­ing un­health­ier and con­tin­u­ing to place a strain on our health ser­vice. The fo­cus needs to be on preven­tion.

An easy so­lu­tion to our seden­tary lifestyle is get­ting more peo­ple walk­ing yet last month’s Na­tional Travel Sur­vey re­sults re­vealed that over one in five peo­ple hadn’t walked for 20 min­utes at all within the last year.

Walk­ing is free, ac­ces­si­ble to all and can be easily slot­ted into ev­ery­day life.

It is good for our men­tal health

and can pre­vent chronic ill­nesses such as heart dis­ease and di­a­betes.

The Gov­ern­ment Spend­ing Re­view needs to fo­cus on preven­tion mea­sures as well as the im­me­di­ate NHS needs.

Most of us say we’d walk more if it was safer, more at­trac­tive or more con­ve­nient.

We need to make sure it is so that more peo­ple start walk­ing and feel­ing the life­long phys­i­cal, so­cial, men­tal and prac­ti­cal ben­e­fits it brings.

JACK SKILLEN Lon­don Di­rec­tor,

Liv­ing Streets

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