Healthy walk round the world

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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.”

Edge Hill’s Walking Foot­ball Team, top, took part in the Your Mile Your Way Day and, above, Josh and Ol­lie Davies chose walking to school to com­plete their mile their way Comic Ted Rob­bins backs the day

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