Northamptonshire walkers smash 20 Million Steps target set by county council

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People across Northamptonshire have managed to clock up an astounding 27,169,550 steps in just one weekend as part of the 20 Million Steps challenge.

The second annual 20 Million Steps weekend took place last weekend (September 18 to 20) and saw thousands of people from all over the county go for a walk and log their steps.

The total smashed last year’s figure by a massive three million steps and there are still steps being logged.

Organised by Northamptonshire County Council, 20 Million Steps is a campaign which aims to encourage people to become more active by going for a walk.

Figures show that 67.5% of adults in Northamptonshire are classed as overweight or obese and the county council is aiming to tackle this issue by promoting physical exercise.

People could go for a walk wherever they chose and then log their steps online at www.20millionsteps.co.uk, while organised walks took place at country parks and libraries.

Councillor Robin Brown county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “I’m delighted with the efforts of people across Northamptonshire who managed to walk an incredible 27 million steps over the course of the weekend.

“This is an important campaign for us as it aims to motivate people to become more physically active, and getting out for a walk is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to do that.

“I hope that many of the people who took part this weekend will see this as the beginning of a positive new habit and start walking more often, thereby helping us to become a happier, healthier county by 2020.”

To find out more about the campaign and for advice and help on getting active, visit www.20millionsteps.co.uk or follow @2020Northants on Twitter.