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The app that aims to get adults active this summer

And it starts with just 10 minutes of brisk walking…

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Just 10 minutes of brisk walking a day can make a huge difference to your health.

Now, West Sussex County Council and Public Health England are urging all adults to make the most of the summer weather and find 10 minutes a day to improve their health.

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Walking briskly for 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference to your health, both in the short and long term – it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood.

Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It’s for these reasons that healthcare professionals are recommending high intensity physical activity, like brisk walking, in order to improve their patients’ health.

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said:

“Summer is the perfect time of year to spend a little more time outside and to be more active, although the busy nature of modern life means that it is often difficult to fit physical activity into the day.

“However the good news is that brisk walking counts as a form of intense physical activity. So whether you are walking to work or the shops, stepping out at lunch time, taking the dog for a walk around the local park, or enjoying one of the many footpaths we have in the county, there are many ways you can fit 10 minutes of brisk walking into your day.”

Image: NHS – Active 10 app

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping faster and makes you feel slightly out of breath. Research shows that rather than the number of steps taken, or distance walked, it’s the combination of the intensity of the activity and how long you’re doing it for that leads to health benefits.

To help you on a journey to a healthier you, Public Health England is encouraging adults to download the free Active 10 app to help complete your 10 minutes of brisk walking daily and to gradually build this up to multiple Active 10s.

The app is the first of its kind to show how much brisk walking you’re doing and when you are doing this at a high enough intensity and long enough to get health benefits.

So, this summer, why not join the 600,000 people who have downloaded the Active 10 app so far and get walking to a healthier you?

Visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home to find out more and to download the app.

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Local volunteers drive GPs to essential home visits in Crawley

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Image: Dr Phoebe Danes and volunteer Chris Ball.

Local volunteers have stepped up to help drive clinicians to home visits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative was launched by local GP federation Alliance for Better Care, who have rented black cabs to provide essential transport for clinicians attending patients’ homes. 

The taxis, which have been adapted to make them easier to clean, are driven by volunteer drivers who have come forward via various community Facebook groups.

Thanks to the layout of the cab, drivers are completely separated from the clinician who is also afforded extra space in the cab to put on PPE and write up notes. 

Matt Cullis, practice manager at Leacroft Medical Practice said:

“Our surgery is still open to treat patients, however, home visits have become particularly important for those who are shielding and not wanting to leave their homes. This service saves us time and allows our doctors to travel to appointments in an environment that can be easily cleaned and has room to put on PPE.”

Alliance for Better Care is the GP federation for Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex and East Surrey and so far the project has been rolled out at Leacroft Surgery in Crawley and throughout Burgess Hill, with plans to extend it to East Grinstead and Horley in the coming weeks.

Katherine Saunders, ABC chief executive said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of volunteers who have come forward and we’d like to thank them all for offering to support this service. We are, of course, committed to protecting both our volunteers and our clinicians. We insure drivers and carry out all necessary checks while also providing PPE. This is a valuable resource for our clinicians, and increases our capacity to reach more patients.”

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