Residents take 
20 million steps in bid to get healthier

Residents from the Daventry district have been congratulated on reaching a 20 million step target over the weekend.

The first-ever 20 Million Steps weekend took place from September 5 to 7 and saw people from all over the county go for a walk to log their steps.

Northamptonshire County Council is still counting the steps to achieve a final total, but figures show that the 20 million target has been achieved.

The challenge to walk 20,000,000 steps was issued earlier this year in response to recent statistics showing that Northamptonshire is the fifth fattest county.

County council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Cllr Robin Brow,n said: “I’m very pleased that the county has risen to the challenge and achieved an incredible 20 million steps in one weekend.

“ would like to say well done to everyone who took part. We’re still adding up the steps to achieve a final total, which I’m confident that everyone will be proud of.

“We don’t want Northamptonshire to be the fifth fattest county, and getting as many people as possible to go for a walk is a great way to start changing this. Walking is great for people’s health and wellbeing, plus it’s free, accessible and going for a walk with family or friends is good fun too.

“I hope that many of the people who took part this event at the weekend will see this as the beginning of a positive new habit, and start walking more often.”