COLUMN: Make use of more daylight to improve your health

By Karen Johnson
South Holland District Council community development officer

With the clocks changing, now is a good time to take advantage of the extra hour of daylight in the spring evenings.
Being physically active can significantly reduce the risk of several major health conditions.

Walking is one of the most accessible activities available to us. It is free, fun and is a great opportunity to discover your local area. In South Holland, there are seven registered health walks.
Walks are free and can help improve your health and well-being by offering great physical and emotional health benefits. Weekly walks take place in Crowland, Long Sutton, Spalding, Ayscoughfee Hall, Donington, Sutton St James and Holbeach. For more details visit

Cancer Research UK has proclaimed March “Walk over Cancer” month. So why not get involved, get fit knowing you’re raising money to help beat cancer. You could walk to work, take up jogging, give the lift or escalators a miss or jump off the bus a stop earlier.
The money you raise would have a huge impact on their fight against cancer. For more details visit You can also rack up the miles and feed into the county’s Walk a Million Miles campaign. So why not put your best foot forward?

It has also been great to see so many of our residents getting active and enjoying the latest BOUNCE classes and Beatsfit classes that have been running in Sutton Bridge. On the subject of Beatsfit, we have another free session on March 27, 1-2pm at the Curlew Centre.
Feedback received to date has been extremely positive with participants wanting more of the same!

If you are interested in trying out different physical activities then please do come along to the “Give it a Go” at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on April 2, 10.30am-3.30pm.
Visitors will be able to find out more about the local sports clubs and organisations in the district at their stands and demonstrations.
If you have any questions then please contact the communities team at or call 01775 761161.

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