Health workers taking steps to encourage more walking

HEALTH workers have urged people to take part in a programme of walks which attracted more than 100 people to its first event earlier this month.

The Get Doncaster Walking Festival 2011 began on Sunday January 9 as over 116 walkers took part in a four-and-a-half mile hike at Sandall Beat Wood.

Janice Clapton from Doncaster took part and said it had been an enjoyable morning, adding: "It was the first time I had walked all the way around Sandall Beat Wood and I was surprised to discover so many paths which I hadn't walked before.

"It was great to see so many people at the walk and there was a really fun and sociable atmosphere."

Dr Tony Baxter, Doncaster's director of public health said: "I would encourage people to take steps to improve their health by joining the walks.

"Walking is a fantastic way to improve your physical activity and can be a fun, sociable way to see the sights of Doncaster.

"By taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day, you will help to reduce your risk of developing chronic health problems like coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other major diseases."

Anyone interested in taking part in the festival can pick up a leaflet from local leisure and customer service centres, libraries or GPs surgeries.

The booklet is also available from the council's website at www.doncaster.gov.uk/walking

Each walk listed in the booklet sets out the date and time, the distance, a brief description of the walk and any special requirements. No dogs are allowed on any of the walks.