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The app that aims to get adults active this summer

And it starts with just 10 minutes of brisk walking…



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 to find out more and to download the app.

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Crawley residents encouraged to learn the symptoms of leukaemia this September

Members of the public in Crawley are being encouraged to learn the
symptoms of leukaemia during Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) which takes place throughout September.



Leukaemia Care, a national blood cancer charity, is attempting to raise awareness of the disease, as well as its signs and symptoms, as part of their Spot Leukaemia campaign.

In 2015, 9,900 people were diagnosed with Leukaemia. That is 27 people each day.

Leukaemia is a form of blood cancer. Blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK today and is the third biggest cancer killer. 

Leukaemia can be hard to spot because the signs and symptoms are common to other unrelated illnesses.

The six most common symptoms experienced by all leukaemia patients prior to diagnosis are:

  • Fatigue
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Bone/Joint pain
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Sleeping problems
  • Shortness of breath

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of what leukaemia is, the symptoms to spot and who can be affected by leukaemia. The charity wants to equip people to spot the signs and symptoms of leukaemia and urge them to visit their GP if they have any concerns. Early diagnosis saves lives and improves outcomes.

Leukaemia Care is giving away free magnets, pens and symptoms cards to raise awareness of the types of leukaemia and to empower people to visit their GP if they feel worried. They are also encouraging members of the public to take a new free leukaemia awareness course where members of the public can earn a certificate on their knowledge of leukaemia. 

Symptoms cards as well as more information about the campaign and awareness course can be found at

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