Sheffield residents move more than ever as part of fitness campaign

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Thousands of people have moved for more than six million minutes during a month-long campaign to make the city more active.

As part of the city’s third annual Move More Month, a total of 6,117,513 active minutes were registered by businesses, schools and individuals, who got to their feet to take part in activities and initiatives in a bid to make Sheffield the UK’s most active city.

Professor Robert Copeland, Director of the NCSEM and Move More, said: “We’re extremely pleased to see the success that Move More enjoyed in 2018, having built on the work of the previous three years.

“Our aim, through Move More Month, is to make Sheffield the most active city in the UK by 2020. We know that if physical activity isn’t fun, people won’t engage – which is what Move More is all about.

“It’s also about making physical activity a part of everyday life – whether that’s getting off the bus a stop earlier, walking your children to school, taking the stairs instead of getting the lift – it all counts towards improving an individual’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“We have worked hard to deliver activities for everyone to enable those who are least active to take part, and while we’re not quite there yet we’ve come a long way since Move More’s inaugural outing in 2016.”

More than 600 teams from 140 firms also signed up to the Move More Workplace Challenge, which pitted employees and businesses against each other to become Sheffield’s most active individual and organisation respectively.

The Workplace Challenge also saw an unprecedented number of participants take part, with around 3,200 participants recording more than five million active minutes.

Using a specially-developed website, people recorded their activity and steps manually or using the Move More Sheffield app.

Move More is part of a five-year plan to make it easier for everyone living in Sheffield to be physically active as part of everyday life.