UK Government

Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Walk a mile to a healthy heart

Press Release   •   Oct 13, 2010 12:45 BST

East Londoners young and old are being asked to take up a walking challenge in Mile End Park on October 13.

Walking is a very effective form of exercise which can help you stay healthy and live longer. A brisk, one-mile walk burns just as many calories as running over the same distance.

Dr William Bird, who has set up successful schemes to encourage people in the UK to exercise in order to promote good health will be a special guest at The Walk A Mile in Mile End Park event. Dr Bird was awarded an MBE this year for his contributions to health and physical activity.

Michael Rowan, director of Mile End Park said: “Walking is a fantastic way to get fit. It is gentle enough for all ages and abilities and it’s up to you how hard you want to push yourself.

“I hope to see more people in our parks taking up walking as their part of their exercise regime.”

The Walk A Mile in Mile End Park launch event starts at 3 pm. Participants are asked to meet at King George V gate in Rhodeswell Road.

You can also keep track of how far you walk and calculate your fitness by using new technology in the park. Walkers can swipe a card on marked points – where the time of your walk will be recorded. The information will then be sent to your personal web page where a record is kept for you to view.

You can monitor your progress as each walk is updated onto the system. To download this route to your phone go to

This is a Walk4Life Mile pilot project and supported through Tower Hamlets' Healthy Borough programme.

Notes to editors

· To find out more about walking (including walking groups) in Tower Hamlets

· The Tower Hamlets Healthy Borough Programme is piloting environmental approaches to make it easier for children and families to be more physically active and eat more healthily wherever they live, work, travel, play or learn.

· The Healthy Borough programme has £4.68 million of new funding with similar local match funding until March 2011.

· The long-term goal is to help everyone to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives which will reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

· The Programme is based in the Tower Hamlets Partnership and brings together NHS Tower Hamlets, the local authority, voluntary and community organisations, the private sector and local people.

· Tower Hamlets is the only London borough to be awarded ‘healthy town’ status and there are eight other ‘healthy towns’ nationally. It is part of the Government’s national Change 4 Life initiative.

For more details contact:

Shalina Hussain 
Tower Hamlets Council 
Mulberry Place 
6th Floor
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 4393


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