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Best foot forward for Shape Up

Last Modified June 03, 2019

Participants are needed for a challenge of Empire State Building proportions and to help raise money for a life-saving weight management programme.

Step Up for Shape Up is a stair-climbing challenge on Sunday 7 July to raise funds for Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust’s Shape Up programme. The challenge involves tackling all 1750 steps of the stairs at Watford FC’s Vicarage Road Stadium – which is the equivalent of climbing the Empire State Building in New York.

The Shape Up programme is a free 12 week weight management programme aimed at men aged 18 to 60 with a body mass index of 30 or over. Each session begins with 30 minutes of information followed by an hour long full body workout. Since last year, more than 80 men have taken part in courses in Borehamwood, Potters Bar and Bushey.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, our Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “As a council, we are keen supporters of the Shape Up programme.

“It is a great way to encourage husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, who may be struggling to manage their weight, to take steps to healthier lifestyles.

“Statistics show that men in the UK have one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe. Obesity can lead to a whole raft of health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer.

“The Shape Up programme provides participants with help and advice about nutrition and lifestyle, and gives them the chance to take part in exercise in a friendly, supportive environment.

“In order for this programme to continue to be available, it needs the support of the local community and that’s why we’re asking for people to take part in this event.”

A previous participant in Potters Bar said: “Shape Up has been great. It has been eye-opening seeing what I’ve actually been eating through the food diary. It has changed the way I think about food and exercising.”

Youngsters can also take part in the Step Up challenge by signing up for either the Mini Step or Challenge Step course. Mini Step is open to six to 11 year olds and involves running up and down one stadium. Challenge Step is open for 11 to 17 year olds and involves running up and down two stadiums.

Adult participants must raise a minimum of £40 sponsorship. Also included in the day is a sports massage, medal, chipped-time results and post-race celebration.

The Shape Up programme is funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund, the Premier League Professional Footballers' Association, Hertfordshire County Council Public Health and Hertsmere Health and Wellbeing Partnership.

To sign up go to www.shapeupherts.com/step-up

Posted on Monday 3rd June 2019

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