North Wales opens new doors to health
A third of the country is preparing to get fit in the great outdoors - as the North Wales Outdoor Challenge sets out to get more people, more active, more often.
The Sports Council has collaborated with all six of North Wales’ local authorities to encourage adults to make more of the outdoors and reach the Health Challenge Wales target of 30 minutes exercise, 5 times a week.
The scheme began in May 2006, with only 1 in 3 adults in the region taking regular physical exercise. Targeting an increase to 1 in 2, organisers have begun to mount their challenge.
In the past few months each authority has developed 5 sign-posted exercise routes, each targeting specific local groups and geographic areas.
Covering a broad range of activities, the routes are designed to take participants 30 minutes to complete. Residents can enjoy cycling, walking and jogging, or explore the countryside with some fun orienteering.
While the mass population reaps the rewards of the new doorstep facilities, the Sports Council has also helped with three smaller programmes in the region.
Flintshire and Wrexham residents are being offered a Get Active Challenge. Conwy and Denbighshire folk can pedal to wellbeing with a Cycle Challenge. And Gwynedd and Anglesey residents will be put through their paces with a Menai 5K Challenge run.
There’s a long way to go to reach the 50% target. But there are certainly healthy times ahead for our friends in the north.