Healthy walk round the world
PEOPLE al over West Lancashire helped the county make it around the world – and then some – on Your Mile Your Way Day.
The aim was to encourage at least 24,901 people to pledge a mile across the county on May 18 2018, which in cumulative distance terms would equate to going around the world.
The final total stood at more than 31,000 miles pledged – enough to travel from London to Sydney twice with a return trip thrown in.
Many local schools signed up and pledged a mile, with many children opting to walk to school and running a mile in the afternoon.
A walking football team from Edge Hill University took part in a tournament in Preston and a team of people also took on their regular Walking For Health stroll from Ormskirk’s Coronation Park to complete their mile their way.
Your Mile Your Way was co-ordinated by Lancashire County Council as part of its Active Lives and Healthy Weight programme.
Ted Robbins – star of Phoenix Nights – threw his support behind the campaign after shedding more than four stone and became a gym regular after surviving an on-stage heart attack in 2015.
Ted said: “Everyone can do something – keeping active, however you choose to, is very important.
“As the people of West Lancs showed on Your Mile Your Way Day, the world might be a big place we managed to get around it in a day by coming together and getting moving.
“It took a cardiac arrest for me to look at my life differently, but during my recovery I became a gym regular and realised the importance of an active lifestyle.
“What I saw on May 18 was nothing short of inspirational, from people pushing a sofa for a mile at a time to new mums pushing their prams for a mile.”
Figures show that 23 per cent of adults, equating to 218,000 in Lancashire, do less than 30 minutes of moderate activity a week, when the Chief Medical Officer recommends adults undertake 150 minutes of activity each week.
Children between 5 and 18 should be taking part in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per day, however survey results show that only 15% of children aged 15 in Lancashire are estimated to be reaching that level.
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire County Council, said: “The figures show that we need to do more to encourage people, young and old, in every part of Lancashire to become more active.
“We’re hopeful that Your Mile Your Way Day will be the catalyst for people across the county to commit to taking up more regular exercise.
“The health benefits for the individuals would be enormous.”