Enfield councillors welcome study's findings on cycling benefits in reducing cancer and heart disease

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

THE benefits of cycling and walking in significantly reducing heart disease and cancer published in a study has been welcomed by Enfield Council’s cabinet members.

According to the findings in the British Medical Journal by the University of Glasgow, adults who cycle to work are 45 per cent less likely to develop heart disease and cancer.

The study also shows commuters who walk to work - up to six miles a week - are 27 per cent less likely to develop heart disease than those who drive or use public transport.

Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, the council’s cabinet member for community safety and public health, who has been spearheading a fitness campaign, said the study highlighted the need for residents to take exercise seriously.

“This evidence amply demonstrates that Enfield Council’s efforts to get people more active through our Move More campaign is the right way to improve the health of residents in the borough,” she said.

“This research shows that Enfield is more than playing its part in helping people to live long and healthy lives.”

Cllr Daniel Anderson, the council’s cabinet member for environment added that the study supported the efforts of promoting exercising through its £45 million cycle scheme.

“This research shows that Enfield Council is vindicated in its pioneering efforts to transform our high streets and town centres, promote more active forms of travel, and create safe and secure cycle lanes.”

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