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The WHI Scheme • The walking the way to Health Scheme is an initiative of the British Heart Foundation and the Countryside Agency. • It began in England in October 2000 and will run for 5 years. • The scheme aims to improve the health and fitness of more than a million people, in particular those who do little exercise or who live in areas of poor health.
The Salford Scheme • The Salford Scheme Walking for All began in October 2001 and it is City wide. • The scheme has funding for two years with a third possible.
Group Led Walks • These will be led by trained volunteer walk leaders. • There should be at least 1 in each area by the end of this year. • There will leave from an accessible point within the area, possibly Doctors surgery, leisure centre, community centre. • The group can decide on new routes , however they must be risk assessed and mapped out by the coordinator.
Independent Walking Packages • These will be specifically designed for people to use when walking alone or with a friend. • They will illustrate at least 2 routes in each of the 9 community committee areas. • Each route will have been risk assessed and the map will highlight telephone boxes, seating, difficult terrains and other relevant information. • The packs will only be available from clinics, community groups or other organisations who will take names and address`s of those who ask for packs. This is necessary for evaluation purposes.
GP Referral Walks • These walks will leave from local leisure centres, led by one member of the leisure centre staff team and a local walk leader volunteer. • If you receive a GP referral you will be given a programme of activities from your advisor. Walking could be one. • The GP referral scheme is under-going massive change and the hope is to have the referral scheme on offer in all leisure centres and the walks will be included in this. • The walks are ideal for GP referral as it is gentle and safe for the majority of people.
The Health Benefits • Coronary Heart Disease • CHD is the leading single cause of premature death for both men and women in the UK. Walking can prevent and manage heart disease – regular exercise can halve the risk of CHD, particularly in men who walk briskly. • Someone who is inactive has as great a risk of having heart disease as someone who smokes or who has high blood pressure or has high cholesterol. • The risk of having stroke is three times higher in those who do little or no exercise.
The Health Benefits • Weight Management • Regular walking can help reduce weight and maintain weight loss – walking just one mile can burn up at least 100 Kilo calories and walking 2 miles per day, 3 times per week can help reduce weight by 14 pounds in 34 months
Health Benefits • Older People • Regular waking can help strengthen bones and therefore reduce the risk of osteoporosis and associated fractures – hip fractures can be reduced by up to 50% with regular walking • Physical activity can improve or maintain balance, coordination and joint flexibility in older people which prevents falls • Walking can help reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee • Lifelong exercise has been shown to lessen the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease