Shona Robison MSP Guest Blog

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Written by Carl

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Amongst the hundreds of teams taking part in the challenge is one from the Scottish Government led by Shona Robison MSP. Shona is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dundee City East and is also Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport in the Scottish Government so it’s great to have her on board. Shona kindly agreed to take time out from her busy schedule to write a few words for our blog!

“One of the huge benefits of my role as Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport is that I regularly get the opportunity to see some of the best athletes and sporting events that Scotland has to offer. Whether it is meeting some potential members of Team Scotland ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games or watching some stars of the future as they take part in PE lessons at school, it is clear that physical activity and sport has a large part to play in many people’s lives.

“This is all a huge inspiration for me to fit more physical activity into my day. Between meetings in Parliament, visiting Commonwealth House in Glasgow and getting out and about for my ministerial duties, fitting a walk in is the easiest way to get some fresh air and exercise.

“That’s why walking is so important to me, it’s a form of exercise that I can fit in where and when I can. When I’m in Edinburgh I can walk to meetings and Parliament’s location in the shadow of the majestic Arthur’s Seat means that I have an enviable (and hard work!) walking trail right on my doorstep. At the weekends, I can spend time with my family, taking in some of the great countryside around Dundee.

“We have recently launched our Active Travel campaign, encouraging people to consider whether they could walk, or even cycle, short distances instead of taking the car. By doing this, we will not only help to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change but we can also improve our health.

“Walking is an easy, simple way of getting active and a very effective way to improve your health and reduce the risk of serious illness. It can add years of quality life and even make you feel happier and more energised, no matter how fit you are and wherever you are in the country.”

And here's a photo of Shona passing the message on to the next generation at the launch of Living Streets' Walk to School week earlier this month. 

Walk to School Launch

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