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Walk your way to a healthier life

PUBLISHED: 16:41 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:34 25 August 2010

WALKING ambassadors are due to be appointed by local authorities as part of a campaign to make people more active.

WALKING ambassadors are due to be appointed by local authorities as part of a campaign to make people more active.

Under the Think Feet First campaign, Natural England and NHS London are urg ing the capital's population to think of walking as the first option for short, everyday journeys.

In boroughs where people are least active, there are already plans to employ the ambassadors but it is hoped all of London will eventually have them.

NHS London chief executive Ruth Carnall said: "We know that almost half of Londoners do little or no physical activity and this is a big issue for the NHS and the health of the people who live in the capital.

"People may not realise that almost half of all journeys are walkable and even a short walk is a workout. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day will make you fitter."

She added: "Walking short journeys is the cheapest and easiest exercise around with long-term benefits to your health and to your pocket.

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