Locals enjoy a Walk ‘n’ Natter to stay healthy

LOCALS from the Louth and District area joined the Louth based Walk ‘n’ Natter group in their 10,000 metre Challenge.

The Olympic themed event set off from the Meridian Leisure Centre where the walk was launched by Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Doreen Stephenson.

The walks are aimed at the over 50s in a bid to keep fit and healthy and vary in length. The walks have been set up by the Louth and District Seniors’ Forum.

The group has recently been successful in receiving funding from the Silver Spirit Award Scheme part of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership’s ‘Championing Lincolnshire’, a scheme set up for people in Lincolnshire to get involved in a variety of different events leading up to the 2012 Olympics.

This funding has enabled the group to get some new high-vis vests and pedometers for their walks.

Tracy Richardson, the over 45s Activator for ELDC said: “Walking can have a positive effect on a person’s health and wellbeing.

“Recently a member of the Walk ‘n’ Natter group had a check up from the doctor and was impressed that her usually high blood pressure has dropped by half.

Councillor Doreen Stephenson said: “The Walk and Natter programmes is a great way to make new friends and get fit. It’s important we encourage people to be active. I urge the over 50’s to get involved as there are great health benefits to walking.”