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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 15 OCTOBER – 28 OCTOBER 2013 ISSUE 617 Daily news & jobs: Regular walking ‘could save thousands of lives’

Walking regularly could help to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of peo- ple every year, according to a new report. The Walking Works

report by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support said walking was a free activ- ity which could transform people’s health, saving an estimated 37,000 lives on an annual basis. The report says that if

everyone in England did the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical exercise every week it would prevent 6,700 cases of breast cancer, stop 4,700 people getting colorectal cancer and lead to nearly 300,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes a year. A recent study by the British Medical

Journal (see page 4) found that exercise could be as beneficial as pills for some conditions,

English town inspires Chinese development

Developers of a new suburb for two million people in Chengdu, China have turned to Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire for inspiration. Letchworth was designed as a self-

contained, sustainable community with proportionate areas for homes and rec- reation, and the Chinese developers believe the plan can be adapted for cit- ies of up to 14 million people. Developers have already started to

apply the principles of the garden city to the main development area of Chengdu and are planning a visit for further con- sultation. Details:



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Southworth, chief execu- tive of Ramblers. “We need to see greater investment in initiatives which support and promote walking as the most accessible and affordable way for people to get active.” Kevin Fenton, director

Te report suggests that regular walking could save an estimated 37,000 lives a year

including heart disease, while another study said walking an hour a day could significantly cut the risk of breast cancer. “We’re facing a serious crisis of inactivity, but there is a simple solution,” said Benedict

£28m wellbeing centre for Leeds

Te multi-million pound wellbeing centre Holt Park Active on Holtdale Approach in Leeds has opened to the public. The centre offers a range of flex- spaces

ible for ac t ivi t ies to sui t

people of all ages. It features a 70-station Bodyline gym, 25m pool, hydrotherapy and learning pools, dance studio, café, garden, sports hall, multi-activity rooms and and meet- ing / training areas. Te cantre also offers activities including

cycling, kettlebell sessions, Tai-Chi and Pilates as well as a bouncy castle. A range of activi- ties for older people and those with physical or learning disabilities will also be available.

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Cllr Lucinda Yeadon executive member for Leisure The project was overseen by Leeds City

Council with funding from the Department of Health and replaces Holt Park Leisure Centre, which closed last December aſter 36 years in operation. Details:

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for health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said that inactivity had “life threatening consequences” which had to be addressed. “We need to understand the kind of societal shift that needs to happen before we truly combat the pandemic of inactivity,” said Fenton. “In England 61 per cent of adults and 30 per cent of

children between two and 15 years old are classed as overweight or obese. Te associ- ated health problems of this inactivity are costing the economy up to £10bn a year.” Details:

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