Presentation on theme: "Health Walks in East Dunbartonshire. Physically active people have up to 50 per cent reduced risk of major chronic disease such as coronary heart disease,"— Presentation transcript:
Health Walks in East Dunbartonshire
Physically active people have up to 50 per cent reduced risk of major chronic disease such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.
Exercise is as good as medication as a treatment for some mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
What is health? “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity” (World Health Organisation) Physical Mental Social
Health Benefits of Walking At any pace: mental health benefits Improves sleep helps prevent diabetes increases ‘good’ cholesterol helps manage weight prevents development of osteoarthritis & osteoporosis reduces risk factors for falls in the elderly Reduces risk of bowel and breast cancer benefits immune system
Walking at a brisk pace Improves functioning of the heart and lungs Reduces blood pressure
How much Physical Activity Should We Do? Frequency Most days of the week (at least 5) Intensity ‘brisk’ walking Walk at a pace so that you: Breathe a little faster Feel a little warmer Feel your heart beating a little faster You should feel comfortable and be able to talk Time Build up to 30 minutes a day
Percentage of people in Scotland reaching Physical Activity recommendations* * 30mins on at least five days of the week (data from Scottish Health Survey 2003)
Main Risk factors - Coronary Heart Disease Inactivity (the most common) Smoking High Cholesterol High Blood Pressure