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New Forest GPs launch new ‘get Hampshire walking’ campaign

GPs in the New Forest will be launching a new NHS campaign this Saturday in Lyndhurst to get Hampshire walking.

Meeting at Bolton’s Bench in Lyndhurst on Saturday 15 October at 11.00am, GPs will be joined by colleagues in the NHS and local people to promote the huge health benefits of walking.

GPs are highlighting that sitting for long periods of time can cause premature aging and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and depression. The only thing that can prevent this damage is being more active.

They are also promoting the social benefits of walking. It 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.

They stress that 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 the CCG’s website here: http://www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/gethampshirewalking

Dr Rachel Barrass-Stones, local GP and Clinical Director for Primary and Community Services at NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:

“This campaign is about encouraging people to live more healthily but it’s also about preventing premature aging and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and depression. I know that even the smallest changes in our lifestyles today can make a big, positive difference to our health tomorrow and beyond.

“If you’ve not been very active, you can speak to your GP or practice nurse about how you can increase the amount of walking you do every day and they can give you advice about what is appropriate for you.

“Join us this Saturday in Lyndhurst, take that first step to a healthier lifestyle and help us to get Hampshire walking!”

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