Heart disease, obesity and mental health are some of the main concerns and focus for health organisations. Walking has been identified as a successful activity for both preventing and addressing such illnesses.
The Walking Institute will complement traditional health institutions’ approach through more creative initiatives by getting people walking to improve both their physical and mental wellbeing. We want walking to be enjoyable, for people to be empowered, socially active and motivated to be mobile outside as well as mentally fit and nourished on the inside. As an independent programme that sits outside the medical approach, the Walking Institute should spark a desire to become fitter by offering a more complex understanding of people’s own physicality and health.
For the Walking Institute, well-being is a holistic approach for which we aim to work with the wider community networks. We embrace ideas to get people moving and walking in a way that is fun, accessible, experimental and embraces humour as a means of participation. Deveron Projects has undertaken some projects that explore social inclusion and access such as Norma D Hunter’s Wheelchair Walks and the returning Slow Marathon. In particular we are interested digital health, working with people who sit at their desk most of the day. How can their health and productivity be enhanced through walking activities integrated into their daily working routine? The Walking Institute will ensure that it is seen as a good example of this change in working culture.