Research by a Newcastle University medical student could lead to Metro users taking more exercise by ‘walking a stop or two’.
Student Alisdair Love carried out a study while he was on placement at the Sunderland Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (SIMS), provided by South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trusts and working closely with NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.
Metro passengers were asked about their exercise regime, including how much they did and the reasons for not achieving the NHS recommended levels for good health and wellbeing.
Commuters were asked whether ‘walking a stop or two’ during a journey or two a week would enable them to achieve the recommended levels of exercise.
A poster highlighting Alisdair’s project was shown at the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine’s international conference in Bath where it was awarded a prize.
Alisdair said: “With about 38 million passenger journeys a year on the Metro, there is a huge opportunity to encourage large numbers of people to increase their activity levels by active commuting.
“The production of a ‘walking Metro map’ could be a great tool to not only raise awareness of this but also the public health recommendations on physical activity."
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