Residents invited to step out for a Bruton Health Walk

Volunteers are set to lead the way and bring brand new regular health walks to Bruton from Thursday 16 February.

Following free training offered by South Somerset District Council's Healthy Lifestyles Team the volunteers learned everything required to lead a successful and safe walk.

Catherine Devonshire, Healthy Lifestyles Officer at South Somerset District Council, explained more about the benefits of health walks, "An extensive recent review by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support concludes that, 'Walking works. It makes people happy, keeps everyone healthy and can even save your life.'

"Health Walks are increasingly popular locally with our Walking for Health accredited scheme going from strength to strength in recent years. The scheme - which is run by South Somerset District Council - now offers 21 regular walking opportunities in the district and has more than 60 active volunteers.''

One of those volunteers is Bryan Pearson who attended the recent free Health Walk Leader training course. Bryan is keen to welcome new walkers and commented, "Come along and enjoy a group walk with local people. You'll make new friends and feel fitter. Fresh air, exercise and good company, all for free! What could be better?" One of the other volunteers is Angela Coldman who said, "I volunteered because I hope to encourage others to realise that some fairly gentle exercise and social interaction can improve both physical health and mental well-being."

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at South Somerset District Council said, "Our walks create more opportunities for people to exercise in their local community and provide a low cost easily accessible activity. I must extend huge thanks to our latest batch of volunteers for supporting our scheme.''

To find out more about health walks in South Somerset visit www.southsomerset.gov.uk/healthwalks. For details about the next Health Walk Leader training course contact Catherine Devonshire on 01935 462347.

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