Health Walk Leader Training - NPT and Bridgend

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Walk leaders play a significant role in getting more people, more active, more often in Wales. By leading health walks in local communities, walk leaders are vital to the success of many walking schemes.

Health walks are intended for people who are currently inactive. The pace and length of the walks are planned to suit the pace of the walkers, so that all walkers can walk at their own pace.

What does the training involve

The one day training course is designed for individuals who wish to lead a health walk.

By the end of the day you will be able to;

- Understand that your local walk is part of a national initiative to improve the health of people in Wales

- Discuss the main benefits to be gained from a programme of regular walking

- Recognise the main reasons why people do not take part in physical activities like walking

- Explain the current recommended amount and type of physical activity which is needed to benefit a person's health

- Explain the concept of a 'brisk walk' and how to monitor it

- Explain what a health walk is and understand the different stages of a health walk

- Describe the main issues and considerations involved in organising a health walk

- Advise on practical issues, such as clothing and footwear in relation to a health walk

- Safely accommodate participants with different medical conditions on a health walk

- Recognise potential hazards on a health walk

- Recognise a suitable route for a health walk

- Understand what a risk assessment is and its purpose

- Outline the roles and responsibilities of a walk leader

- Outline the essential qualities of a walk leader

- Provide advice and motivation to walkers about taking up walking as a regular and long-term activity

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