Kent residents are being encouraged to join this summer’s Active 10 campaign after clocking up 155,660 hours of walking during the same period last year.
The Public Health England campaign – backed by Kent County Council – urges adults to download the free ‘Active 10’ app to help complete 10 minutes of brisk walking daily and to gradually build this up to multiple ‘Active 10s’.
The app is the first of its kind to show how much brisk walking you’re doing and when you are doing this at a high enough intensity and long enough to get health benefits. Last year, 8,519 Kent people were recorded as using the app – the highest number in the South East.
KCC Deputy Director of Public Health, Allison Duggal said: “Summer is the perfect time of year to spend a little more time outside and to be more active, but the busy nature of modern life means that it is often difficult to fit physical activity into our days.
“But the good news is, brisk walking counts as a form of intense physical activity and just 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference to your health, both in the short and long term – it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood.”
She added: “Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It’s for these reasons that healthcare professionals are recommending high intensity physical activity, like brisk walking, in order to improve their patients’ health. So, this summer, join the 600,000 people who have downloaded the Active 10 app so far and get walking to a healthier you.”
Search ‘Active 10’ online to find out more and to download the app. For more information on some of the activities and support services available in Kent, go to www.oneyoukent.org.uk