Amber Valley residents who have made a New Year's resolution to
get a bit more active in 2012 are being reminded that they have a
great way of doing so on their doorstep - the Amber Valley Walking
for Health project.
The project provides walks with trained leaders in a range of
locations in the borough every week. Most of the walks are free of
charge with some incurring a nominal charge.
Project leader Debbie Chesterman says: "At the start of a New
Year lots of people say they are going to take more exercise or do
something to benefit their health, but most of them think of
activities they have to pay for and buy special clothing or
equipment for, like joining a gym.
"All people need to take part in our activity is sensible
footwear. The walks are suitable for people of all abilities and
they really do help to improve fitness and lose weight. Those with
medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and
even back pain can benefit from regular walking.
"The walks are also a nice way to meet people and to learn
more about the local area. The walk leaders vary the routes each
week to keep it interesting for walkers."
Walkers are accompanied by leaders who have been trained in first
aid and taught to understand the links between exercise and
health, the benefits of walking, health and safety and barriers to
Walk groups meet outside Belper Clinic in Babington Hospital every
Wednesday at 2pm, outside the Denby Pottery Visitor centre cafe
every Thursday at 9.30am, outside the Visitor's Centre in Shipley
Park every Tuesday at 2pm; at the Bridge Centre in Cromford Road,
Langley Mill every Wednesday at 1.30pm and at Somerlea Park Centre
in Somercotes every Thursday at 10am.
There's no need to book, just turn up.
Further details can be found by contacting Debbie or Tor on
01283 563483 and on the walking for health website www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk
For further details please contact:
Sue Grief at Write Away!