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A 'walking away day' programme is launching across County Durham offering local residents the chance to get active and explore the countryside.

A 'walking away day' programme is launching across County Durham offering local residents the chance to get active and explore the countryside.

Run by the 'Get Active' team, part of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, the programme aims to provide opportunities for local people to take part in physical activity whilst exploring different places of interest. The walks are accessible to all ages and abilities and led by qualified walk leaders.

Health Improvement Practitioner for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Lauren Lang said: "Walking is a great way to keep fit and healthy and does not have to be too strenuous to produce results. 

"It is associated with a number of benefits and reduces the risk of many chronic conditions such as; coronary heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. So why not come along and keep fit whilst having fun on our walks!"

Get Active is offering a total of six Walking Away Day's over the summer months. The first walk is being held at Herrington Park, Sunderland on Monday 23rd April.

The walk will start at approximately 11:00am with transport to and from the walks also provided (£4 transport cost). Beginner and intermediate walks are available with the opportunity to have something to eat afterwards.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis therefore booking is required. For more information on the Walking Away Day programme or to book a place please contact Lauren Lang (Health Improvement Practitioner) on 0191 5692847 or via email lauren.lang@nhs.net .

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