Tameside Council has picked up its efforts in a bid to encourage residents to get active - and some litter along the way.
In support of the Greater Manchester Moving campaign ‘That Counts!’ residents were invited to get their 30 minutes of daily exercise in by taking part in Plog, a one mile walk or jog while doing a much needed clean-up, at Portland Basin.
Plogging is an initiative which combines walking and jogging whilst picking up litter. It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries following increased concern about plastic pollution.
Tameside Council Executive Member for health, Cllr Eleanor Wills, said: “You’re never too young or too old to take those small steps that can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing.
“Taking part in a Plog gives people the opportunity to meet others in their community, whilst keeping fit and looking after their surrounding environment.
“Choosing to become more active not only improves your physical health, it also boosts your mood, particularly if you choose to exercise outdoors in the fresh air.”
Marketing Manager, Helen-Louise Smith, at Greater Manchester Moving added: “As a workout, Plogging provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking, or walking. We want to inspire and encourage people to make being active a part of everyday life and the more fun that is, the better. However you choose to move, as long as you’re moving more – it all counts!”
The Plog was guided by Zoe Gerrard from Plog-olution who manages Plogs in the Ashton area. She said: “We are always looking for ways to raise awareness of the huge amounts of rubbish, especially single-use plastics that litter our streets and waterways.
“Linking up with the That Counts campaign made sense as Plogging is a fantastic, social way to get moving and we would encourage more people to get involved in the Plog-olution. For future plogs go to - https://plogolution.com/.”
Tameside has recently introduced the Litter Hubs Network where residents or groups can book out free equipment, including high Vis jackets, litter pickers, gloves and black bags from community venues. If you want to arrange your own Plog using the equipment provided visit www.tameside.gov.uk/litterhubs for more information.
Tameside also has some beautiful countryside for you to explore during the winter months, visit www.tameside.gov.uk/walking to discover an array of routes and organised walks the whole family can enjoy.
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