First steps to better health
17th July 2017
Hertfordshire County Council's Countryside Management Service (CMS) launched its newest walk, the First Steps Health Walk at Mill End Community Centre, Mill End on Wednesday 7 June.
This walk is the latest addition to the popular Health Walks programme in partnership with Three Rivers District Council and supported by the county council’s Public Health department.
First Steps are free, short walks (20 -30 minutes), over flat, even ground and with regular resting places. They are ideal if you are new to Health Walks or are just starting to walk regularly, particularly if you have been advised to do so by your doctor.
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It involves the whole body and exercises the heart, strengthens muscles and improves stamina and circulation. First Steps walks are an ideal opportunity for those who wish to get fit if their ability to exercise by other means is limited. Plus they offer an opportunity to socialise, enjoy the fresh air and gain more confidence.
Diana Barber, Chairman for Three Rivers District Council, attended the walk and met the dedicated volunteer walk leaders and the walkers who are enjoying the benefits from attending these gentle short walks. She said: “Health Walks are free regular walks that can be accessed on your doorstep without the expense of pricey equipment or costly subscription fees; they are run by volunteers and the atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming whatever your medical condition or fitness level. We are delighted that we have been able to establish a scheme in Mill End with the support of the community centre.”
Cllr Chris Lloyd, Lead Member for Leisure, Community and Wellbeing said “I would like to thank all the volunteers and encourage more people to join the First steps, free, short walks”.
The Mill End First Steps walk is every Wednesday 11am from the Community Centre car park, Church Lane, Mill End, WD3 8HD.