Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is supporting a world-first physical activity programme being launched in Sheffield to improve the city’s health.
The inaugural Move More Month is also supported by the local NHS and aims to get 50,000 people in the city on the move in the run-up to the Rio Olympics.
More than 20 local organisations are inviting people to get active and to record their physical activity during July to see how many combined minutes the city can clock up.
A new Move More phone app has been developed to allow participants to track their progress.
Heptathlete star Jess said: “Getting more people exercising by making physical activity fun is something I’m really passionate about so I’m very proud to be supporting Sheffield’s first ever Move More Month.
“It’s a great concept and a fantastic way of encouraging people to become fitter and healthier. As Team GB competes at the Olympic Games in Rio, I hope everybody will be inspired to get a little more active and get involved in Sheffield’s Move More Month.”
Activities taking place next month include community rounders at Ruskin Park, an Olympic Exercise Demonstration at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre and a trail running session at the Longshaw Estate.
Dr Ollie Hart, a GP at Sloan Medical Centre, in Heeley, and a key figures behind the project, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project. Through Move More, we are trying to make Sheffield the most active city in the country by 2020 and the introduction of Move More Month to coincide with the Rio Olympics is a key step on that journey.
“By getting the public to understand how much or little activity they are doing, we hope to find new and interesting ways to keep all of us feeling good.
“We hope that in future years, this innovative project will be rolled out nationally and Sheffield will take on other parts of the country to find out which city really is the most active.”
There will also be a ‘Steel City Derby’ challenge – with fans of Wednesday and United competing to find out which side has the most active fans.
The Move More app is now available to download on Google Play and the Apple Store.
n Visit movemoresheffield.com.