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Doctors recommend that we take thirty minutes of exercise at least five times a week to keep fit and healthy, but many of us do not feel we have enough time to do this amount of regular exercise. However, walking provides the perfect opportunity to make up those recommended thirty minutes - walking to the shops, to work or to school, taking the dog for a walk or just going out and enjoying your local green spaces can all add up. Walking is an excellent means of exercise for people of all fitness levels and ages as it is low impact and can be done by practically anyone. More reasons why it is great to walk are given below. Why not join our guided healthy walks to start reaping the benefits?

Why Walk?

  • It's free and easy - you don't need any special equipment and you can do it almost anywhere
  • It can be easily incorporated into our daily lives
  • There is a low risk of injury
  • It is often suitable for those recovering from heart trouble, a stroke or other illness
  • It is a sociable activity and a good way to meet new friends!
  • It encourages you to discover the natural countryside of the borough

In addition, regular walking can provide the following health benefits:

  • Reducing the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Reducing weight and/or preventing weight gain
  • Strengthening bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis
  • Improving balance, co-ordination and flexibility, which can help to prevent falls
  • Helping to relieve anxiety and depression
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Reducing the chance of developing type II diabetes
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Improving sleep patterns


For more information on increasing your activity levels, visit:

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Health Profiles for Tonbridge and Malling

  • The health of people in Tonbridge and Malling is generally better than the England average and life expectancy is high. Almost three-quarters of people live in areas classified as among the least deprived 40% nationally. The rate of violent crime is lower than average. However, statutory homelessness is higher than the England average.
  • There are health inequalities within the area. Men living in the less deprived areas have 5 years higher life expectancy than those from more deprived local areas.
  • Over the last ten years, the rates of deaths from all causes combined and of early deaths from cancer and from heart disease and stroke have all decreased and are below the England average.
  • The health of children is generally better than the England average. For example, rates of tooth decay and teenage pregnancy are below average. However, the percentage of physically active children is below the England average and almost 3,000 children live in poverty in Tonbridge and Malling.
  • The Kent Local Area Agreement has prioritised adult participation in sport, tackling serious violent crime, older people's independence through rehabilitation and reducing road injuries and deaths. Smoking remains a top priority for West Kent PCT.

The Health Profiles started in 2006. Please click on the PDF links below to view the 'health snapshot' for Tonbridge and Malling from 2006 -2011.

Further Information

Food and Safety Team: foodandsafety@tmbc.gov.uk,
Phone: 01732 876299
SMS text message 07781 482959.