FIRST Minister Rhodri Morgan joined walkers from Caia Park on Friday to celebrate Walkabout Wrexham's continuation of funding.
Walkabout Wrexham, which is part of the nationwide Walking the Way to Health scheme and managed by Groundwork Wrexham & Flintshire, currently runs a programme of weekly walks in the Wrexham area plus a programme of longer monthly walks.
The new funding comes from the Welsh Assembly's Community Facilities and Activity Programme fund (CFAP) which helps community and voluntary organisations improve the well-being of the community by encouraging active and healthy lifestyles. This means the programme can now expand.
Mr Morgan said: 'Walking has so many positive benefits. It gets your heart and lungs working. It helps keep your weight down, improves energy and reduces the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
'Organised walks are fun so they have social benefits, giving people the chance to get together. These walks are free of charge, so everyone can get involved.
'All of us in Wales share a responsibility for improving health and the Assembly Government is keen to promote schemes like Walkabout Wrexham to help create the conditions necessary to allow people to improve their health.
'Making simple changes to one's lifestyle is one of the aims of Health Challenge Wales, the national focus for action to build a healthier nation, and small changes like this can make a big difference in the long-term.'
Walkabout Wrexham has already grown to 12 weekly walks, with two new walks being added to the programme this year. A new weekly walk in Johnstown at 2.30pm every Tuesday and a new walk starting from Activate Gym, Park Wall. Bradley at 10am every Thursday.
The scheme will also be looking to start new health walks in other areas of Wrexham, especially Brynteg, Pen y cae and Coedpoeth. If anyone is interested in starting a new walk in these or other areas they can contact Anna Pollard or Hannah Jones Groundwork Wrexham & Flintshire on 01978 363555.