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Regular exercise such as walking can improve confidence, stamina, energy, weight control and life expectancy and reduce stress.

It can also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.

Scientific studies have also shown that walking, besides its physical benefits, is also beneficial for the mind, improving memory skills, learning ability, concentration and abstract reasoning. Sustained walking sessions for a minimum period of thirty to sixty minutes a day, five days a week, with the correct walking posture, reduces health risks and has various overall health benefits.

Recent studies have found that walking may also help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.

So why not head down to Leeds City Centre, meet Grace and join her on a 1, 2 or 3 mile walk through the city. A great social event with a chance to meet other people.

You can find out a little more about Grace and her amazing challenges along with her fundraising effort for Carers Leeds and SwIAS (Swindon Interactive Art Service) at this link: http://stepintomyshoes2017.co.uk/about

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Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

This year Carers Week focuses on Building Carer Friendly Communities. Communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Official Carers Week Website.