Durham County Council has launched a month of healthy walking activities as part of the Everybody Active North East campaign.
The campaign is a collaborative project with Public Health England (PHE) and all twelve North East councils, showcasing a different physical activity in the region each month.
Research shows that regular physical activity can reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, cancer, dementia and depression. It can also help prevent falls, joint and back pain.
Councillor Lucy Hovvels, portfolio holder for adult and health services said: “Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Throughout May, we will be highlighting the various opportunities to walk in and around County Durham. We offer the Walk4life programme, which is a series of short led walks to encourage every day activity to longer countryside guided walks and promoting active travel. There really is something for everyone.”
It is hoped that the project will support increased activity across the population especially amongst the 1 in 5 people who currently do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week.