Dundee’s Big Fit Walk to benefit locals living with cancer

Dundee’s Big Fit Walk to benefit locals living with cancer

Leisure & Culture Dundee is boosting local health by hosting a Big Fit Walk for everyone on 12 August at Baxter Park. The walk will also benefit those who are living with and beyond cancer.

The Big Fit Walk is a national campaign run by Scottish charity Paths for All, with the simple aim of getting more people walking more often.

The social walk will bring together groups across Dundee and Angus who support locals to get more active through Health Walks.  Leisure & Culture Dundee will be joined by Move More Dundee, ParkLives Dundee and Dundee Healthy Living Initiative who will all be leading walks.

Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said

“Walking is a fantastic form of physical activity that can be enjoyed by anyone, at any time.  Not only has it been shown to reduce the risk of various chronic illnesses, it is also free, safe and fun to do!  A main objective is to raise the public awareness of all these free walking groups currently running throughout the city and welcome all to take part.  This event aims to demonstrate how enjoyable a health walk can be as well as the physical, psychological and social benefits of walking.”

Ian Findlay, Chief Officer at Paths for All said

“In a nation where too many of us are unfit and inactive, walking is one of the easiest ways to incorporate a little more activity into our day. A simple short walk is free, accessible for most and has a wealth of benefits.  It can help to protect us from developing heart disease, stroke or some cancers, improve our mood and make us feel better connected in our communities.

“The Big Fit Walk helps put the fun into walking! Walking in groups can boost self-esteem, create opportunities to meet new people in our area, or discover some local hidden treasures. We’re thrilled to see Dundee hosting a Big Fit Walk this year.”

Simon Brady, Macmillan Development Officer said

“Walking is beneficial for people living with and beyond cancer because it is a safe, free activity that is easily accessible as no special equipment is required.  Group walking can reduce the feeling of social isolation by providing the opportunity to meet new friends, share laughs and explore the area in an achievable, non stressful way.”

The walk is taking place on Saturday 12 August and starts at 10am from the Baxter Park Pavilion.  There will be Mindfulness, Nordic, Fit and Health walks.  All walks will be accessible, ‘buggy friendly’ and ‘cancer aware’ with the aim to make all the walks as inclusive as possible. For more information about the Dundee Big Fit Walk contact Simon Brady, 01382 432407.