Council Press release:
From: "Reading Borough Council" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 30 Dec 2015 10:17
Subject: Carers Encouraged to Put on Their Boots for New Year Walks
Carers Encouraged to Put on Their Boots for New Year Walks
Reading Borough Council Press Release
CARERS and the people they care for are being encouraged to join a walking group launching in the New Year.
Reading Council's Healthy Walks Programme is hosting a series of gentle weekly walks around Palmer Park beginning in January 2016.
The first walk will be held on Wednesday 6th January, starting from the Chalkboard Café in the centre of Palmer Park, at 11am.
The walk will be at a gentle pace, last about 40 minutes and will be led by two trained walk leaders.
People can relax and socialise afterwards with a cup of tea or other refreshments at the café.
Apart from the refreshments, the walk is free, and although this group is primarily aimed at carers (paid or unpaid) and the friends, relatives or clients they care for, it is open to all.
This group is part of a wider series of walks organised by the council aimed at getting more people in Reading active. Walking has a huge number of health benefits, including maintaining a healthy weight, lowering the risk of disease and general stress release by offering a break from spending a lot of time indoors.
Walks take place at several locations around the borough, including South Whitley Park, the River Thames footpath and Prospect Park. People can view more information at www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/south-east/reading-walks-programme
Cllr Rachel Eden, lead member for adult social care, said:
"I'm delighted that the council is expanding its health walks to include a group particularly aimed at carers. A number of people have asked for this as walking is a social and fun way of getting active.
"The council faces very tough times at the moment but helping residents stay healthy means not only a better life for people but also helps to reduce the demand for other services."
For further information on health walks please email Philip.Burbidge@reading.gov.uk
or call 07709 400986.
Notes for Editors:
Reading Borough Council Press Releases can be found online at http://www.reading.gov.uk/mediareleases/
Media Contact: Victoria Buckett
Tel: 0118 937 3957