This story was published 4 June 2018

We are backing a national campaign from Public Health England designed to get people active over the summer months, starting with just 10 minutes brisk walking a day.

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Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging adults to download the free ‘Active 10’ app to help them complete ten minutes of brisk walking every day, and to build this up gradually to multiple  ‘Active 10s’. The app is the first of its kind to show someone how much brisk walking they’re doing, and whether they are doing it at a high enough intensity and for long enough to get health benefits.

County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, North Yorkshire’s executive member for public health, prevention and supported housing, said: “In North Yorkshire, over 60 per cent of adults are classed as overweight or obese, and around one in five adults say they take less than 30 minutes of physical activity each week.

“These figures are slightly better than the average across England, but we are working with PHE to encourage even more people to take charge of their weight and enjoy the health benefits it brings.

Summer is the perfect time of year to spend a little more time outside and to be more active, but people are often so busy they find it difficult to fit physical activity into their daily routine.

“The good news is, brisk walking counts as a form of intense physical activity and just ten minutes a day can make a huge difference to your health, both in the short and long-term. It gets the heart pumping faster, and can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

“Over 600,000 people have downloaded the Active 10 app already - so why not join them this summer and get walking to a healthier you - I have!”

The app is free to use, simply search ‘Active 10’ online to find out more and to download it.

Active 10 is part of Public Health England’s One You national campaign programme that supports adults in making simple changes that can have a huge influence on their health. It helps millions of adults to make changes to improve their own health by eating well, moving more, drinking less and giving up smoking. One You also provides information on free health checks and how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better.

Find more information about One You