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NHS Wales plans to save millions through exercise plan

The Welsh Government has announced a proposal to encourage people to become more physically active and they hope that this could reduce NHS costs in the country by about £500m, Wales Online reports.

The Active Travel Bill aims to encourage people to take up walking and cycling as their preferred mode of travel, would save the NHS in Wales £517m over 20 years if properlyimplemented.

Councils in Wales would then be expected to publish plans for fully integrated networks of routes, consisting of traffic-free routes, on-road cycle lanes, 20mph zones and signed routes through quiet residential streets, the online publication reports.

Research suggests that increasing average walking and cycling distances would lead to substantial reductions in conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, dementia, depression, ischaemic heart disease, breast cancer and colon cancer.

The report says the amount saved could even rise to £905m in 30 years time thanks to averted treatment costs.