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The NHS should co-ordinate a national campaign to inform the public of the benefits of walking, says a House of Commons report.The environment, transport and regional affairs select committee wants to see an increase in the number of journeys made on foot, as it is healthier and could help break down social exclusion because people will not be 'boxed up in motor cars'.On average, we walk 200 miles a year, but we need to walk three times that distance to protect against heart disease, it says.Safety is one reason why people will not walk, with 867 pedestrians killed by motorists in 1999, while many people fear they will be victims of street crime.

Walking in Towns and Cities www. parliament. uk/commons/selcom/etrahome. htm