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Step your way to fitness in 2022 with a Safer, Greener, Healthier challenge from Essex County Council


07/01/2022
Safer, Greener, Healthier

Daily step challenge starts on the 10th January and runs until the 20th February

The Safer, Greener, Healthier team at Essex County Council has launched its first daily 3K Steps Challenge in collaboration with the free, wayfaring and walking app, Go Jauntly.

One winner each week will receive an annual Go Jauntly Premium Membership.

There will be two overall winners at the end of the challenge: the first prize will be a smart watch up to the value of £300 (including postage & packaging) and the second prize will be a pair of trainers up to the value of £200 (including postage & packaging).

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Safer, Greener, Healthier Walking

One of the ambitions of the Safer Greener Healthier campaign is to increase walking across the county, particularly for shorter journeys and as part of longer ones – such as walking to the station for example rather than driving.

So whether it’s a walk to the shops, to work or for pleasure, we want to encourage you to consider walking to help make Essex safer, greener and healthier.

  • The benefits of walking
    • Walking is free and one of the easiest ways for most people to stay active and healthy. 
      • just 30 minutes of walking every day can increase heart and lung fitness, reducing the risk of chronic and cardio-vascular disease
      • it’s low impact so can strengthen joints and improve muscles without risking injury
      • it’s an opportunity to explore new places in your local area as well as catch up with friends and family
      • evidence suggests that being out in nature boosts mental health and wellbeing helping with depression and anxiety for example 

See how we’re making walking one of our top priorities for our Safer Greener Healthier campaign. 

Essex Walking Strategy

This document contains the Essex Walking Strategy.

Cover of 2021 Essex Walking Strategy

Bucket and Spade Trail Walking video

Encouraging and incentivising residents to swap to more active forms of travel.
Check out the Go Jauntly App for Essex-based walks.
Find out more about walking and Public Rights of Way in Essex.