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Issue:- 8 May 2014

33% of people wouldn't consider walking for more than 20 minutes to get from A to B

AS the Ramblers enjoy the short walks festival that started on 3 May and ends on 10 May 2013, the results of a YouGov survey have revealed an alarming 33% of people in the North West would not consider walking for more than 20 minutes when planning a journey.

The survey also discovered that only 38% of adults surveyed in the North West are walking more than the recommended amount and, worryingly, 28% of people are only walking, on average, for an hour or less per week. With such shocking results, the Ramblers is calling for people to park their cars and get out more on foot.

1 in 4 of the adult population are currently classed as physically inactive. This has severe health consequences, so it is crucial that people start taking steps towards a more active lifestyle.

The Ramblers knows walking is the simplest solution to tackling this physical inactivity pandemic and is encouraging people to take to their feet during Get Walking Week.

Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers, said:- "Walking is such an easy way for people to meet the recommended guidelines1 of getting 150 minutes of exercise per week, so it's really worrying that inactivity levels are so high.  During Get Walking Week we are asking people in the North West to think about how they can walk more. Making short journeys on foot is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into everyday life - rather than automatically jumping in the car or on the bus, use your feet instead.  To help people take their first steps we are offering hundreds of free short walks during Get Walking Week. You don't need any special equipment to join in, so why not find a walk near you and walk towards a healthier and happier lifestyle."

Ramblers groups will be leading walks across Great Britain for everyone to enjoy and Walking for Health, England's largest network of health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, will also be inviting people to walk, to help them get walking and keep walking.  

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Appeal for help following a house burglary in Bootle

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that an investigation is underway following an incident in Bootle on Thursday, 1 May 2014. Patrols were called to a house on Southport Road at about 8.10pm following a report of a burglary. A short while later officers received a report from a member of the public who had found a 31 year old man suffering from what is believed to be stab wounds. When officers attended, they found a man with serious injuries. He has been taken to hospital for treatment and is in a serious, but stable condition. A 66 year old man has also been taken to hospital with breathing difficulties. Crime Scene Investigators are in attendance and patrols have been stepped up to reassure the local community. An investigation has been launched to determine the full circumstances surrounding these incidents and officers are working to establish whether, and if so how, they are linked. Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact Police. People are urged to call Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 3046 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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