MSP HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF GOOD PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH AS HOLYROOD MARKS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF PATHS FOR ALL

On 13th December 2016, MSPs marked the 20th anniversary of the Scottish charity, Paths for All, and drew attention to the multiple health benefits of regular walking. Established in 1996, Paths for All champions everyday walking as the way to a happier and healthier Scotland, and operates at a local level throughout the country.

Ruth Maguire, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, used her speech to highlight the activity of the charity in her own constituency, referring to the ‘KA walks’ which takes place across North Ayrshire and welcome walkers of all ages and abilities.

Ruth also praised the work of The Cunninghame Ramblers, which, as the local branch of the UK wide Ramblers Association, organise weekly walks within Ayrshire at various levels of difficulty.

Ruth commended the groups for their role in providing people with the opportunity to exercise as well as the opportunity to meet new friends and socialise.

Speaking in the debate, Ruth said:

‘Our happiness is ultimately rooted in our physical and mental well-being, and this in turn relies on regular exercise, healthy eating, and positive, respectful and fulfilling relationships.

In this wider picture of working towards wholesome and sustainable well-being and happiness, and  better physical and mental health, walking groups have a hugely important role to play. I welcome this debate marking their role, and look forward to continuing to support their work in the future’.