19 August 2015

Volunteers are being sought to help people record their steps as part of Northamptonshire County Council’s 20 Million Steps weekend.

On the weekend of September 18th to 20th, the county council is inviting families, groups, work colleagues and individuals to take part in the challenge to walk a total of 20 million steps.

The event is intended to encourage people to be more physically active as figures show 67.5% of adults in Northamptonshire are classed as overweight or obese.

Volunteer appeal

Volunteers are being recruited to help walkers at country parks and libraries by greeting them and registering them for the event. Some volunteers will also be needed to help promote the event in advance by circulating posters and on social media.

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Our 20 Million Steps weekend is all about encouraging people to take charge of their lives and increase their levels of physical activity.

“People can do a walk wherever they like and log their steps on our website, or they can walk at one of our country parks or take part in an organised walk from a library.

“We’re looking for people to meet and greet walkers at country parks and libraries, offer them information about the 20 Million Steps event and explain how they can log their steps.

“We’d also like people to come forward to help us spread the word about the event over the next few weeks and encourage as many people as possible to take part and help us reach our target.”

Steps target

Around 7,000 people took part in the first 20 Million Steps event last year, clocking up a total of 24,177,082 steps over three days.

Volunteers must be available on September 18th, 19th or 20th, and be able to stand for long periods and carry light objects.

To find out more about volunteering for the 20 Million Steps event, email getinvolved@northamptonshire.gov.uk. Further information about the event can be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/20millionsteps.