Britain is in the grip of an 'inactivity epidemic', with nearly half of adults failing to go for a brisk walk even once a month.
Health bosses say 45 per cent of over-16s are so sedentary they do not manage the health-boosting ten-minute walk.
Study author Susan Levin and colleagues found that switching to vegetarian or vegan diets resulted in a lowering of the total cholesterol score by 0.7.
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Experts define a brisk walk as a speed of three miles an hour – enough to raise your temperature and make your heart beat faster.
US research suggests taking at least one brisk ten-minute walk a day reduces the risk of early death by 15 per cent, and cuts the chance of cancer, heart disease and poor mental health.
PHE today releases a free new app – Active 10 – which helps people achieve the ten-minute walk target - which you can find here.
A great online dating service for the over fifties to find a partner or just to meet new friends.Some 67 per cent of adult men and 57 per cent of adult women in Britain are overweight – well above the global average.Of these, 24 per cent of British adults – 12 million people – are considered obese, a vast increase since 1980, when only 16 per cent were in this category.Cutting out meat could help to prevent heart attacks and strokes, research suggests.Researchers at Japan’s Keio University reviewed 49 studies into vegetarian and vegan diets.Dr Jenny Harries, deputy medical director at PHE, said activity was essential.'I know first hand that juggling the priorities of everyday life often means exercise takes a back seat,' she said.'But walking to the shops instead of driving or going for a brisk ten-minute walk on your lunch break each day can add many healthy years to your life.'Public Health England is targeting middle-aged people with its new campaign, as they are considered to be the busiest and most at risk of heart disease.