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Walking for Health: helping patients get active

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Being physically inactive is becoming the norm with the latest figures telling us that at least one in every three of your adult patients is likely to be insufficiently active for good health.

Yet walking, the most accessible form of activity, has a proven benefit for those at risk of, or managing, Coronary Heart Disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression.

Spending just 60 seconds recommending Walking for Health to your patients will encourage them to enjoy the benefits of walking, ultimately saving lives and money, and reducing clinic numbers.

The network of free health walks make sure no one gets left behind. Short and over easy terrain, they are open to everyone on a drop in basis but are especially aimed at those who are least active, with lower physical ability or long term conditions. All walks are led by fully trained and friendly walk leaders who are highly experienced in supporting people to get started.

  • To find a scheme near you visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/hscp.
  • To sign post patients to their local scheme, hand them a Walk this Way leaflet which you can order for free at be.macmillan.org.uk/wfh.
  • Also available is Walking Works, a report detailing the evidence to show how effective walking can be.
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