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Men urged to get walking in the Dales

[Monday 12 June 2006]

NATIONAL Men's Health Week is underway and a popular walking group in the Northern Dales is urging men to join them, get out and about and improve their health and fitness.

hambleton strollers
Hambleton leisure staff join the strollers

Only a quarter of the regular members of the Hambleton Strollers are men - with many of them acting as volunteer leaders - but the women are determined to see more men put on their walking shoes and join in.

The group was set up 3 years ago as part of the Countryside Agency's 'walking to health initiative' and has grown in popularity ever since.

"This is a great opportunity for husbands, children, dads, brothers, uncles and grandfathers to start walking their way to health," said Strollers Co-ordinator, Marion Archer.

"Exercise - and especially walking - can combat stress, refresh the mind, stimulate you with good conversation and introduce new places to see. We have lots of men acting as leaders for the groups but not as many turn up to just walk."

Starting tomorrow, there are a number of walks around Hambleton towns to try out during the week - all are described as fairly easy 60 minute strolls and set off at 10.30am.

  • Tuesday June 13 - Mowbray House Surgery, Northallerton

  • Wednesday June 14 - Health Centre, Stokesley

  • Wednesday June 14 - County Hall, Northallerton

  • Thursday June 15 - Leisure Centre, Bedale

  • Friday June 16 - Hambleton Forum, Northallerton

'National Men's Health Week' runs from today, June 12th, through until the 18th and aims to encourage men and boys to seek early medical advice and treatments. The theme for this year is "Men and Mental Wellbeing.

More information can be found on the week long campaign at www.menshealthforum.org.uk

For further information on the Strollers contact Marion Archer on 01609 767276 or e mail her at strollers@hambleton.gov.uk

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