Paths study by Uni

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

A PROJECT to boost low-lev­els of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in de­prived ar­eas has found that im­prov­ing foot­paths, clear­ing over­grown veg­e­ta­tion and in­creas­ing street clean­li­ness could be the an­swer to en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to walk more.

Re­searchers from Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity worked with the char­ity Liv­ing Streets and 12 lo­cal author­i­ties across Eng­land to find ways to im­prove street en­vi­ron­ments and pro­mote ev­ery­day walk­ing. The scheme, part of the Fit­ter for Walk­ing project, fo­cussed on less af­flu­ent ar­eas of the coun­try where phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity was re­port­edly low.

By the end of the four-year project, or­gan­is­ers cal­cu­lated that more than 30,000 res­i­dents had taken part in project ac­tiv­i­ties, and al­most half of th­ese had been en­cour­aged to walk more be­cause of street im­prove­ments and ac­tive en­cour­age­ment.

As part of Lough­bor­ough’s eval­u­a­tion of the project, the team in­ves­ti­gated how the projects were or­gan­ised and car­ried out in each of the lo­cal author­ity dis­tricts.

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