Over the past five weeks, one in ten people living in Wolverhampton have been taking part in Beat the Street – the physical activity initiative that encourages people to walk and cycle by transforming the city into a giant game.
I have created my own ‘Beat the Street’ team and last Friday I was racing to tap beat boxes around the constituency with local school children from Holy Trinity Catholic School where we did our ‘Beat the Street’ walk.
Beat the Street is a fantastic health initiative which encourages people of all ages to join the fun but to also improve their health by exercising more! Staff in my Wolverhampton office have been taking part and local councillors and community members have also signed up to join my team! I was delighted to spend time and do the planned walk with the staff and children from Holy Trinity Primary School in Bilston last Friday. I am in favour of anything that gets people more active and fitter.
At the last count, Beat the Street participants in Wolverhampton had already walked 140,700 miles for the competition. Councillor Paul Sweet, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “It’s great to see so many people taking part in Beat the Street, the game really has taken the city by storm.”