Young on path to better health

A GROUP of youngsters were the first to test a new "step-o-meter" trail, which is designed to get people walking to improve their overall health.

The four-and-a-half mile trail, funded by the NHS, takes around 10,000 steps to complete, which is the Department of Health's recommended daily allowance for good health. The path starts and finishes at Bullcroft Memorial Hall, in Chestnut Avenue, Carcroft, Doncaster, and is marked every 500 steps with a special yellow design stencilled on the pavement to point walkers in the right direction.

Andrew Picken, Doncaster Primary Care Trust's Choosing Health Development Worker for Carcroft and Skellow, came up with the idea.

He said: "It has been designed to pass local shops, schools and community centres so people can join and exit the trail whenever they want."

The route and health tips are also displayed on two new information boards, one at the memorial hall and the other on Carcroft High Street, alongside a newly installed bench which has also been funded by the NHS Choosing Health project.