Active Swindon Health Walks
Health Walk with a twist
Swindon residents can enjoy a Health Walk with a twist on Monday 5 May, when a special ‘Dawn Chorus’ stroll will take place in the early morning to the welcome the start of the Swindon Festival of Literature.
Early risers will meet at the entrance of The Lawns off High Street Old Town at 4.45am, before stepping out to see in a brand new day.
Active Swindon’s Nan Pratt, commented, "The Dawn Chorus Health Walk will be an incredibly uplifting event. Physical activity is always beneficial for people’s health, but we hope this early morning stroll will help create a heightened sense of well-being. Those who take part will be able to experience mass bird song at Lawns in a leafy, open and peaceful environment, so we’re hoping people will be ‘up with the lark’ and come and join in."
A series of Dawn Chorus Health Walks are currently being planned throughout England as part of the Natural England Walking for Health Initiative. This national scheme supports ‘Health Walks’ programmes throughout England.
Active Swindon’s Dawn Chorus Health Walk is due to take place just before the opening of Swindon’s Festival of Literature; an exciting event beginning at 5.30am at Lawns the very same morning. Minstrels, musicians, and poets will all be performing and walkers will be able to take a well earned breakfast from the refreshments available. Other activities run by the Active Swindon Health Walks programme include five weekly walks around Penhill, Shaw, Broad Green, Eldene and Middleaze.
For further information about Active Swindon’s Health Walks programme, contact: Nan Pratt, Tel: 01793 466202, Email: NPratt@swindon.gov.uk
Calling all volunteers for Active Swindon Health Walks:
Put a spring in your step and volunteer as a health walk leader is the advice of Active Swindon.
Active Swindon will be holding another training session on Thursday 22 May, for Swindon residents wishing to become Walk Leaders on its Health Walks Programme. The training day, running from 9.45-3.00, will take place at Swindon Borough Council’s Premier House.
The Health Walks Programme, which currently runs regular walks from Broadgreen, Pinehurst and Penhill, is looking for at least two trained walking leaders per group.
Nan Pratt of Active Swindon, who is looking to expand Swindon’s local programme, commented:
"With the weather improving now is an excellent time to improve your health and becoming a health walks leader is a fantastic way to do it. All you need is to enjoy walking, want to improve your health, and want to help others do the same. Since the last training session, several new people have signed up as regular walking leaders and are enjoying helping out with our existing groups as well as planning their own routes. The feedback we have had so far has been very positive, with volunteers finding the experience extremely rewarding."
The Health Walks programme is supported by The Natural England Walking for Health Initiative, which oversees the training and quality of leaders and walking programmes across the country, and has already helped improve the fitness of thousands of people.
Nan added: "Our Health Walks Programme is a great way of helping people achieve the five recommended sessions of exercise per week, and there are numerous proven health benefits to regular walking. It can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, delay arthritis and help to reduce weight. There is also time for socialising afterwards, meaning that as well as getting people active, leading our walks is also a great opportunity for making new friends. Since the walks started, many people haven’t missed a week. They really enjoy the exercise and company."
If you would like to volunteer to become a walking leader, or for more information about taking part in the Health Walks programme, please contact: Nan Pratt, Tel: 01793 466202. Email: NPratt@swindon.gov