A health walk project funded by NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund, Paths for All, the Forestry Commission and Leisure & Culture Dundee is providing short health walks from hospital and community venues for adults with long term health conditions, and their family, friends and carers.
The aims of the Steps to Health project are:
- To increase the number of adults participating in walking, particularly those with a long term health condition
- To increase the number of walks available
- To increase the number of volunteer walk leaders
- To increase public awareness about the health benefits of walking
Steps to Health walks are short and can be anything from as little as 10 minutes, up to an hour at a pace that suits the participant.
Each walk includes time for refreshments and for participants to chat and get to know each other. Participants are welcome to bring a family member, friend or carer along if they prefer.
You can promote the Steps to Health walking project by:
- Discussing the benefits of walking and the effects it can have on improving health with out patients
- If appropriate ‘prescribe’ walking as part of their planned treatment and discuss how often and for how long you think would be suitable for the individual. This gives them a better idea of how much they should be trying to do, and gives us a better idea of matching them up with a walk that is most suitable for them
- Provide out patients with participant information and a walk reminder card with details of the days and times of Steps to Health walks and encourage them to join a walk
If you think more walking could benefit your out patients and would like to more information or promotional materials, please contact the Steps to Health Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org