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May is National Walking Month

Did you know that May is National Walking Month?

How to Take Part in National Walking Month

Walk the kids to School or walk yourself to Work 
National Walking Month is a great way to leave your car at home, get outside and get fit by walking to and from school. If school or work is too far, try walking part of the way instead.

Take the Stairs 
Instead of taking the lift, take the stairs.

Go Exploring 
Explore your local area, or enjoy a day out in the countryside, beach or park. Hiking is a great way to explore while getting plenty of exercise. You could set out with a specific purpose in mind, for example, you might like to count how many bird species you see when you are out walking, or take note of the landscape around to see if you can see what seasonal changes are happening in your local area.

Take a Lunchtime Stroll 
Take a little stroll around the block after lunch. This can help you be more productive for the rest of the day.

Walk Your Pet 
If you don’t have a pet, walk with someone who has one or ask if you can walk their pet for them.

Benefits of Walking

• Walking is an excellent exercise and walking regularly can keep us fit and healthy

• It is also good for the environment. It is the most environmentally friendly way to travel. It can improve air quality as less traffic means less pollution is created. It can also cut down on congestion since more people will give up their cars and start walking instead

• Walking can also make you feel more positive and ready to start the day

• In fact, taking a brisk daily walk is an easy way to improve your health. Just 20 minutes of walking a day can reduce the risk of a number of health conditions. This includes certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes

Why not discuss the importance of walking and exercise with your learners

You could also celebrate by organising your own walk this May and raise money for life saving research Physical activity specialist, Lisa Young, explains why walking is great, not only for your health, but also as a way to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. “By taking part in Just Walk, you can help us to support the 7million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK. You can walk wherever and whenever suits you, and it’s an easy way to fundraise for the BHF. Remember, every pound you raise will fund research that’s so urgently needed to help us beat heart disease.”

For more information on this, please visit:

 British Heart Foundation

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National Sun Awareness Week 
3rd – 9th May 2021

What is national sun awareness week?

It is a campaign led by The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), who are a charity established in 1920. Their charitable objectives are the practice, teaching, training and research of Dermatology. They work with the Department of Health and other patient bodes across the UK advising on best practice in the provision of Dermatology, and it is funded by its members.

In the UK skin cancer is the most common, and rates are climbing. Sun damage which starts in childhood can lead to skin cancer in later life. UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer along with UV light from sunbeds being just as dangerous.

Exposure to the sun and sunbeds can not only increase your likelihood of getting skin cancer they can also:

• Speed up ageing
• Cause blisters, headaches and sunstroke
• Weaken your immune system
• Cause permanent damage to your eyes
• Lead to dehydration and exhaustion

The sun isn’t all bad and it helps our bodies produce vitamin D and our bones grow as well as helping to prevent osteoporosis in later life.

We just need to be sensible. Stay out of the sun when it is at its hottest, and keep covered up if you can’t. Wear a sun hat, sun glasses and apply plenty of sun cream. Avoid direct sun exposure for babies and young children.

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