Suffolk’s Year of Walking campaign has launched three new maps showing how many steps it takes to walk between car parks in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds and the town centre in each location.
It is hoped that the maps will help the increasing number of people who set themselves a daily target of steps to take as part of daily exercise and getting fit.
Walking the recommended 10,000 steps a day has major health benefits for physical and mental wellbeing but can be difficult to achieve, especially at busy times such as during the run-up to Christmas.
Each map gives the approximate step count between the different car parks and the town centre, helping shoppers to plan additional walking in to their shopping trip.
The publication of the maps is being promoted through a social media campaign to encourage people to download the maps to smartphones and tablets and set themselves a target of increasing their daily steps.
Cllr Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council and Waveney ward councillor for Halesworth, said:
“Walking reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, stroke and depression. Just a 20 minute walk every day can provide noticeable health benefits. I hope the new park and stride maps will inspire shoppers to fit a little bit more activity into their day.”
The maps can also be downloaded by visiting:
Suffolk’s Year of Walking launched in May and is a celebration of walking in our county, promoting walking events and encouraging new walking opportunities. For details of walking opportunities and information on the benefits of walking, please visit www.suffolkyearofwalking.co.uk.