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Last updated on:-
16 Sept 2015 - Belmont Rattler photos - Gina & Paul Lane's last leading of this walk
23 Sept 2015 - Spotted! Walking for Health commemorative plaque on Brighton promenade 

Previously - Newly added photos in the "Photographs" link in the list on the left

The end of another era... 

Another era ending milestone was passed on Saturday 12 September as Gina and Paul Lane led the Belmont Rattler walk (in brilliant sunshine - the sun shines on the righteous!) for the last time before they leave Harrow for the leafier countryside of Cambridgeshire.

As the stalwart leaders of the Belmont Rattler walk since its inception and as key figures in the Harrow Walking for Health programme they will both be sadly missed by all their walking colleagues and the walkers alike.

Gina, Paul, so long, farewell, auf wiedeserhan, goodbye, adieu and of course hasta la vista!

See all the photos from this walk by clicking on the link that follows => Gina & Paul's Last Belmont Rattler

Spotted and photographed by Jeff & Sue Anderson 

Brighton promenade's commemorative plaque recognising the benefits of the Walking for Health programme 

Main contact number for Harrow Health Walks has changed

Harrow Council informed us, on 27 May 2015, that the Walks Coordinator for the Harrow Walking for Health scheme had changed and is now Ferhat Cinar, from the Adult Health Improvement Team (AKA AHIT !!) and that he can be contacted on 020 8420 9526, if anyone has questions about the scheme.

The Belmont Rattler Summer Walk season restarts
on Saturday 11th April 

If this quote, from one of our walkers, doesn't make you want to start walking, nothing will! 

“What a life-enhancing discovery these “Harrow Health Walks” have been! The satisfaction of getting a bit of exercise in the open air whilst chatting with new-found friends on the walk [and then perhaps, continuing over a cuppa in a cafe afterwards]. So much more rewarding than spending the same amount of time – or more - sitting in front of the television.”

Barry M, South Harrow - Feb 2015

IT MAY NOT HAVE THE SAME EFFECTS AS A GUINNESS....
BUT WALKING IS GOOD FOR YOU!

 

This is why our Walking for Health programme is here! 

11 September 2014

Daily walk is 'like a magic pill' to slow ageing

Walking half an hour a day can prevent obesity and diabetes, lower the risk of some cancers, and relieve depression and anxiety, scientist says

Walking for half an hour a day is equivalent to taking a “magic pill” that combats ageing and prevents early death, a doctor has claimed.

Dr James Brown, from the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, told the British Science Festival in Birmingham it could help prevent obesity and diabetes, lower the risk of some cancers, relieve depression and anxiety, increase mobility and reduce the chance of hip fractures by 40 per cent among older adults.

It also improved the ability to think and reason, slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, cut arthritic pain by half, raised energy levels, reduced fatigue and led to a 23 per cent lower risk of dying.

Dr Brown said: “All of these changes are not seen in people who run marathons; they are not seen in people who lift weights in the gym, or spend four hours running on the treadmill. These are seen in people who walk and who walk for half an hour a day.

“You can get all of these health benefits, you can get a reduction in all of these diseases that are associated with ageing, by just keeping active, by walking for half an hour a day.”

Dr Carol Holland, from Aston University’s Centre for Healthy Ageing, backed his statement, saying: “Thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day can reduce your risk of age-related diseases. It can also reduce your risk of cognitive decline.”

Walking for half an hour a day is equivalent to taking a “magic pill” that combats ageing and prevents early death, a doctor has claimed.

Dr James Brown, from the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, told the British Science Festival in Birmingham it could help prevent obesity and diabetes, lower the risk of some cancers, relieve depression and anxiety, increase mobility and reduce the chance of hip fractures by 40 per cent among older adults.

It also improved the ability to think and reason, slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, cut arthritic pain by half, raised energy levels, reduced fatigue and led to a 23 per cent lower risk of dying.

Dr Brown said: “All of these changes are not seen in people who run marathons; they are not seen in people who lift weights in the gym, or spend four hours running on the treadmill. These are seen in people who walk and who walk for half an hour a day.

“You can get all of these health benefits, you can get a reduction in all of these diseases that are associated with ageing, by just keeping active, by walking for half an hour a day.”

Dr Carol Holland, from Aston University’s Centre for Healthy Ageing, backed his statement, saying: “Thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day can reduce your risk of age-related diseases. It can also reduce your risk of cognitive decline.” 

The Pinner Beginners walk 
The start time for the Beginners Walk (30-45mins) is now 10:00am, the same time as the main Pinner walk on Thursdays. 
We hope to attract folks new to simple, accessible, self paced exercise through walking, who may then progress to the longer (approx 60 mins) weekly Pinner walk that starts at 10:00am each week.  

Harrow Health Walks 

Need YOU!

Calling ALL new walkers, new walk leaders and folk who can help with general administration and data entry for the walks.

Contact us on the telephone number below for details

New photos are being added regularly. Click on the "Photographs" link. If you have any photos of walks then please send them through to harrowhealthwalks@gmail.com and we'll put the best ones up.