Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 7 June 2013

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England

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On Monday I joined Living Streets on a walking tour of one of their projects in Rye Lane in Peckham. The Greater London Authority has commissioned Living Streets – a charity dedicated to creating more walkable, liveable spaces in the UK – to do community street audits at a number of sites in London and work with local authorities to renew them in ways that will encourage walking.

Walking is one of the most simple, cheap and effective activities we can encourage to curb obesity, and seeing the difference between the older parts of Rye Lane and the parts that have been done up, it was remarkable how careful consultation and modest improvements can make an area so much more appealing to pedestrians.

Published 7 June 2013