NHS Lanarkshire joins walking app ahead of Green Health Week

Lanarkshire residents are encouraged to explore their local green space this week.

Next week (May 14 to May 22) marks Green Health Week and NHS Lanarkshire and Get Outdoors Lanarkshire have joined forces to make time outdoors even easier.

They have teamed up with the Go Jauntly walking app, which is available on iPhone and Android, and helps Lanarkshire residents explore some of their favorite local walks.

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The app, free, promotes walking for recreation and connection with nature and is a perfect way to discover new local walks created by people who know and love them.

The goal of Green Health Week is to encourage people to enjoy the health benefits of spending time outdoors.

This can include activities such as walking, gardening, cycling, volunteering, and outdoor learning.

Vicki Trim, Senior Health Improvement Manager, NHS Lanarkshire, said: “Research shows that spending time outdoors plays an important role in improving our mental health and wellbeing.

“Green Health Week is a fantastic opportunity to explore the outdoors and the Go Jauntly app features over ten walking routes in Lanarkshire recommended by walkers.

“We have also looked at local walks next to our hospitals to help able patients, hospital visitors and our staff improve their physical, emotional and mental health if they have the opportunity to spend time in nature. when visiting or working. .

“The health benefits of spending time in nature are known to help relieve stress, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve sleep, we’re thrilled to be able to offer a free resource that can connect people to nature more easily.

“People can both discover new walking routes and add their favorite walks to the app for others to enjoy, the more the merrier.”

Hana Sutch, CEO of Go Jauntly, added: “At Go Jauntly, we dream of getting away to Scotland. For a walk, for a vacation, maybe even forever! On that note, we have made it our mission to launch new hikes through this beautiful country.

“Alongside new walks in East Lothian we are delighted to share that through our partnership with Get Outdoors Lanarkshire we also have an amazing selection of walks across Lanarkshire.”

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