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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-09-09

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Middle aged health at risk as over 850,000 adults do not manage a brisk 10 minute walk each month

OVER 850,000 adults aged 40 to 60 in the North West do not achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month and are missing out on important health benefits, according to evidence reviewed by Public Health England (PHE).  The findings also reveal how lifestyles have changed over time, showing that people in the UK are 20% less active now than they were in the 1960s and on average walk 15 miles less a year than 2 decades ago. The sedentary nature of modern, busy lives makes it difficult for many to find the time for enough exercise to benefit their health.  PHE's new 'One You' physical activity campaign is encouraging adults to build 10 minutes continuous brisk walking into their day as a simple way to improve their health. This is particularly aimed at those who have an inactive or low activity lifestyle and may find incorporating activity into their day challenging. The 'Active 10' app has been developed to show how much brisk walking a person is doing each day and how to incorporate more of it into their lifestyles.  Meeting the CMO's physical activity guidance of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise can provide health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (by 40%), cardiovascular disease (by 35%), dementia (by 30%) and some cancers (by 20%). Taking at least 1 brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to reduce the risk of early death by 15%.  The severity of the current physical inactivity epidemic amongst adults contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over ₤900 million per year.

Julie Webster, acting Director of Health and Wellbeing, Wirral Council said:- "It can be hard to change our habits, but walking just 10 minutes a day at a brisk pace can have enormous health benefits and is good for your overall wellbeing as well. We welcome the launch of Active10 app as a tool to help users set achievable goals and gradually build up their activity."

Cllr Chris Jones, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Public Health said:- "It is worrying that so many 40 to 60 year olds across the North West are not doing 10 minutes brisk walk a month. Our busy lives often mean that our own health is at the bottom of our list of priorities. What's great about walking is that it can so easily fit in to your day. Whether it's taking the dog out, walking on the School run or going for a lunchtime walk, it's 1 of the simplest ways to get started and fit activity in to your day."

Search 'Active 10' to download the free app which shows how much brisk walking you are currently doing and provides tips and encouragement on how to fit 10 minute bursts of brisk walking into your daily routine.

 

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