A new campaign is encouraging adults in Wolverhampton to get more active by incorporating just 10 minutes of brisk walking into their daily lives.

Public Health England's new Active 10 campaign includes a free app, endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, which shows people how much brisk walking they are doing and offering hints and tips to keep them going.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Modern life makes it hard to be healthy, so it's not surprising that most of us are not fitting enough physical activity into our days.

"Sitting down at work and commuting by car or public transport means we're not active for a lot of the working day and technology allows us to shop and stay in touch without ever having to leave the sofa.

"However, a brisk 10 minute walk can make a huge difference to your health - it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

"I'd encourage people to download the Active 10 app and get walking today."

To find out more, please visit Type=links;Linkid=9554;Title=Active10;Target=_blank;. For information about the help and support available in Wolverhampton to help people improve their health and wellbeing, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=3740;Title=One You Wolverhampton;.

  • released: Monday 4 September, 2017