Hawk inspires Leicester walkers

Posted by ap507 at Jun 03, 2016 10:35 AM |
A bird of prey inspired researchers from the Leicester Diabetes Centre to take part in a national drive to encourage exercise

Issued by the Leicester Diabetes Centre on 3 June

A bird of prey inspired researchers from the Leicester Diabetes Centre to take part in a national drive to encourage exercise.

They got their walking boots on for a ‘hawk walk’ with Apenimon to mark National Walking Month with a stroll near Leicester General Hospital where the centre is based.

Organiser Rebecca Pritchard – who is the Patient and Public Involvement Lead at the international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation – said: “It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to go for a walk with a hawk and what better occasion than National Walking Month.

“I thought it was a good way to encourage my colleagues to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and exercise.”

The Redtail Hawk is from the Cotswold Falconry Centre where Rebecca trained in handling the bird but he regularly makes an appearance with her at Bradgate Park.

The May campaign aims to encourage people from across the country to take to their feet and feel the benefits of walking.

Dr Tom Yates, a Reader in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health, University of Leicester based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: “Walking is hugely underrated yet it is man’s best and cheapest form of exercise. It’s an easy and accessible way to get active and help maintain a healthy body.”

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester and is led by Professor Melanie Davies CBE and Professor Kamlesh Khunti.

Notes for editors

  • For further details, to arrange an interview or more photographs, email oliver.jelley@ojpr.co.uk
  • The Diabetes Research Centre is based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre.
  • The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation and is led by Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti.
  • Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, the Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester, working with the city and county Clinical Commissioning Groups. It is a leading applied health research unit committed to improving the lives and care of people with diabetes and other long-term conditions.
  • For more information about the Leicester Diabetes Centre, visit http://www.leicesterdiabetescentre.org.uk.

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