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New Walking for Health Group Launched

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Active Cumbria, part of Cumbria County Councils Public Health Team are leading on a new Countywide Walking for Health Scheme and are recruiting and training new walk leaders across the County.

Working in partnership with Wigton Group Medical Practice a new health walk has just been launched in Wigton. The walk aims to not only help people to get out and about and explore their local area but also to provide people who, for various reasons, may have become quite isolated, the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.

Walk leader, Living Well Coach Lesley Black said: “May is National Walking Month, so what better time to launch a new walking group. Wigton Group Medical Practice recently introduced our new Wellbeing Service, with Living Well Coaches Hazel Stewart and Simon McCall, which takes a holistic approach to supporting patients by recognising that factors such as lifestyle and social challenges, as well as medical conditions, all impact upon our overall health and wellbeing.

“We have joined the Walking for Health network to develop a programme of short, gentle walks to suit all ages and abilities. Our walks are an ideal starting point for anyone who may feel they are less physically or socially active than they would like to be.”

This new group has been set up in partnership with Active Cumbria, with the focus upon planning suitable walks across the County within the Walking for Health framework. Walking for Health is England’s largest network of free group health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and supported through funding from players of People’s postcode lottery.

Aileen Grant, Development Officer at Active Cumbria said: “At Active Cumbria our focus is upon tackling inactivity and supporting people to become more physically active within their own communities, and what better way to do this than walking. Nationally, we know that walking is the most popular activity, and a near perfect thing to do for those looking to become more active. We would love to see as many people as possible joining our health walks and discovering some of the fantastic scenery on their doorsteps.”

The first Wigton group walk will take place on Monday 20th May 2019 at 3pm, starting at Wigton Group Medical Practice at South End, Wigton. The walk will take about 20 minutes to complete, and we intend to pop into a local café afterwards for a cuppa with walkers. The group is free to join and all are welcome on these fortnightly walks.

For further information please contact Living Well Coach Hazel at Wigton Group Medical Practice, telephone (016973) 42254, Living Well Coach Lesley on 07557076014

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