Kirsty Muirden is employed by Aberdeenshire Council and part-funded by national walking charity Paths for All.
Her aim is to increase the number of health walk groups across Aberdeenshire and to provide access to support and training for health walk leaders. It is hoped to raise public awareness of the benefits of walking and opportunities to take part in walks locally. The project promotes the benefits of walking for short everyday journeys and examines how health walks can help people to travel more actively.
By working with communities to support the development of these safe, friendly and accessible walks, this project will help to reduce barriers to physical activity, promote social connections and encourage the inactive to become more active -playing a significant role in the delivery of Aberdeenshire Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Strategy.
A health walk is a short (from 10 mins up to an hour), free, low – level walk led by trained volunteers in their own community. Walks usually take place weekly and are often followed by a cup of tea or coffee at a local facility afterwards. At present, there are 27 health walks taking place throughout various locations in Aberdeenshire. Details of these walks can be found on Paths for All’s online health walk map at – www.pathsforall.org.uk.
For more information on health walks in Aberdeenshire or the ‘Aberdeenshire Health Walks’ project, please contact: Kirsty Muirden, Health Walk Co-ordinator, on email :Kirsty.firstname.lastname@example.org, tel:01467 532911.