People in Totton have the opportunity to take part in the Get Hampshire Walking campaign this week, joining staff and patients at Testvale Surgery in order to feel the benefits of walking first hand.
Doctors, nurses and admin staff will be joining local community groups to walk around Testwood Lakes.
The walk should take around 30 mins and will be led by Anne and Michael Edwards, two of Testvale surgery’s finest walkers who have written a number of books about walking locally. These books can be ordered on the day and thanks to their generosity all profits will go to the Friends of Testvale Surgery charity.
Location: Testwood Lakes, off Brunel Road, Calmore Ind Est, Totton, SO40 3WX.
Date: Friday 9 December 2016
This is a great opportunity to meet new people and help with mental as well as physical health. Getting out and meeting people face to face helps with local connections, provides opportunities to get to know the neighbourhood better and to make new friends.
It’s not all about big walks in the country, or walking lots of miles. People can start at their own pace, with a few minutes of additional walking and then increase this over time. GPs are encouraging people to walk more at home, walk to the shops, get off the bus a stop earlier or park the car further away from work. All these things will help increase activity levels and will have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.
More information about get Hampshire walking can be found on NHS West Hampshire CCG’s website here: http://www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/gethampshirewalking
Dr Alison Threlfall, GP at Testvale Surgery in Totton, said:
“Join us next Friday and learn more about how just a little extra exercise every day can make a big difference to your health. Humans are designed to move and we know that physical activity has more health benefits than any other single intervention.
“We are taking part in the Get Hampshire Walking campaign to not only promote healthy living, but also to highlight how being more active can help to prevent premature ageing and diseases such as depression, cancer (particularly breast cancer), heart disease, diabetes and dementia.
“It is thought that 65% of all women and 74% of all men are not active enough. We need to sit less and move more frequently during the working day. In addition the aim is for us to spend around 30 minutes a day for at least five days a week adding in some moderate physical activity such as this walk we are organising.
“We hope to engage as many people locally as possible for this lovely pre-Christmas get together so encourage your family and friends to participate - the more the merrier!”