The latest group of ambassadors for Liverpool’s Fit For Me campaign have been revealed.
The ambassadors who are from all over the city and from all walks of life have one thing in common and that’s to inspire everyone to be more active with their own personal stories. They join other ambassadors of the campaign, which has engaged with over 100,000 people since it launched last July.
Fit For Me is a social movement which aims to inspire and get everyone more active in Liverpool. That can mean doing as little as ten minutes more activity, getting off the bus a stop earlier or simply taking the stairs instead of the lift.
To coincide with the new ambassadors, Fit for Me have also launched their new online activity finder where everyone will be able to find activities near them at www.fitforme.info.
The campaign is delivered by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Liverpool City Council as part of the ‘Living Well’ programme.
Dr Maurice Smith, a GP at Mather Avenue surgery in Allerton and Healthy Liverpool’s ‘Living Well’ clinical lead said:
“Getting more active benefits everyone and can improve your everyday life. Start with simple things like walking more, taking the stairs instead of the lift or finding active ways to spend the weekend. As long as it gets your heart beating a bit faster and makes you breathe a bit harder, it counts. If you have a long-term condition, doing activity is still beneficial and can actually help your condition – ask your GP if you’re concerned, but don’t let it stop you.”
Councillor Tim Moore, Mayoral Lead for Organised Sport said:
“These little things can make a massive difference to your overall health and wellbeing. Being active is good for you and can improve your everyday life. Even small changes can give you more energy, make you feel less tired and stressed, lift your mood, help you to sleep better and boost your confidence – as well as helping to protect you from serious illnesses such as heart disease and dementia.”
Councillor Tim Beaumont, Mayoral Lead for City Well-being said:
“It’s great to see the hugely successful Fit For Me campaign take the next step forward. People have found inspiration in the stories of real people getting more physically active. The beauty of the campaign is that it doesn’t matter what shape, size or age you are, whether you’ve been active in the past or if you’re an absolute beginner. However fit or unfit you may be, being active is something that can help us all feel good!”
Join in with free local activities, special offers and motivational support at www.FitForMe.info, like our page on Facebook www.facebook.com/FitForMeLpool, follow us on twitter @FitforMeLpool (https://twitter.com/FitForMeLpool) or access the Fit for Me quiz at fitforme.info/how-active-am-i/activity-quiz/.
James is 48 years old and is from Woolton in Liverpool. James’ back and knee pain can make it hard for him to get active, but by sticking to low impact activities, like swimming and cycling, he’s able to enjoy an active life without injuring himself.as long term back and knee conditions.
Carol is 56 years old and is from Speke in Liverpool. Despite being registered blind, Carol doesn’t let anything stop her. She’s changed her life for the better by walking more, going to fitness classes and quitting smoking, which has helped her to lose weight and make new friends.
Meet Dan Stinson…
Dan is 57 years old and is from Mossley Hill in Liverpool. Dan was never very sporty, but swimming helps him manage his diabetes without medication. Being more active has given him the strength and confidence to get out there and try new things.
Meet Kerry Marie Fisher…
Kerry Marie is 44 years old and is from Garston in Liverpool. Kerry Marie often found her busy life completely exhausting until she found the confidence to join her local running club. This has helped her make some beautiful new friendships and given her more energy to have fun with her four kids.
Patricia is 63 years old and is from Liverpool City Centre. Patricia used tai chi and dance as a way to ease her recovery from stress. Doing these activities regularly helps her feel calmer, stronger and more alert. Plus, she didn’t start until she was 52, so it’s never too late to join in.
Jayne is 31 years old and is from Dovecot in Liverpool. Jayne finds karate really helps with her anxiety, as it makes her feel stronger, more relaxed and in control. She’s also made some great new friends and now has much more belief in herself.
Dola is 57 years old and is from Fazakerley in Liverpool. Being more active has made a huge difference to Dola’s life. She’s gone from being on the edge of diabetes to living a healthy, active lifestyle. Now she sleeps better, has more energy and has lost weight too!
Naheed is 50 years old and is from Allerton in Liverpool. Naheed struggled with really high cholesterol until she decided to get active and change her life for the better. Now she’s reduced her cholesterol, boosted her energy levels and become a great role model for her children.