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Go walking on Christmas Day, minister urges

Posted 22 December 2009
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Families should bring back the traditional Christmas Day walk after lunch, a minister has said.

The Department of Health has said the average traditional Christmas dinner will contain 1,470 calories, a fact that has prompted charity Walk4Life to join forces with the Ramblers to encourage people to take a walk so they can burn some energy off.

Health minister Gillian Merron said: "Whatever the weather, a traditional festive walk is a great way for families and friends to avoid that sluggish feeling and have a more active Christmas."

Those planning to get outside at Christmas may wish to pop down to their nearest Go Outdoors store and buy items like men's fleeces or women's fleeces to deal with the cold weather.

With more snow forecast this week, bookmakers are suggesting a white Christmas is likely in many places.

William Hill is offering 9/4 on a white Christmas in London, while Aberdeen is rated at 10/11, suggesting Scots going for a Christmas walk are more likely to need walking gear for their post-lunch hike.

Posted by Elaine Arthur
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