Volunteers needed for health drive by Northants County Council

It's time to get walking with the 20 Million Steps weekend
It's time to get walking with the 20 Million Steps weekend

Volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming 20 Million Steps weekend helping Northamptonshire residents to get fit.

The 20 Million Steps weekend will see county residents be challenged to go for a walk during between September 5 and 7.

Northamptonshire County Council will be counting everyone’s steps until the county as a whole reaches the target of 20,000,000 steps.

The challenge has been issued in response to recent statistics which show that Northamptonshire is the fifth fattest county.

Families, couples, individuals, community groups, businesses, societies and clubs – everyone is being asked to complete a walk and then log the number of miles they walked and how many people have completed that distance.

Volunteers are needed in various locations across the county where people will be able to register their steps including the county council’s five country parks.

Volunteers are needed each day between Friday, September 5, and Sunday, September 7, from 10am to 4pm.

Cabinet member for public health and well-being, Cllr Robin Brown said: “We need more volunteers to help count the steps during the 20 Million Steps weekend.

“Whether you can spare a few hours or a whole day, it’s an opportunity to help make this event a success and to make sure the county reaches the target of 20 million steps in three days.

“Not only will achieving 20 million steps be a real achievement the whole county can be proud of, it’s also a great reason for everyone to go for a walk, spend time with family or friends, get some fresh air and improve their health and well-being and help the county be happier and healthier by 2020.”

To find out more about volunteering email 20millionsteps@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

People can follow the 20 Million Steps challenge on Twitter @2020Northants and Instagram @2020Northants, or visit the website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/20millionsteps.