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13 04 2011
Rob Meiklejohn

Hi Nick,

My name is Rob and I’m contacting you on behalf of NHS Choices. I’ve been doing some research and reading through your blog and after hearing the story of how you started/developed your running I wanted to get in touch to let you know about a campaign I’m currently helping NHS Choices share with people which I think would be of interest to you and your readers.

The campaign which launches this week is designed to help people ‘Get Ready for Summer’ and one of the four key areas is “Start Running” which aims to get people into running through a “Couch to 5k Challenge”.

With summer fast-approaching, NHS Choices is helping the nation get ready using specially created Facebook tools to help people not only define their health and fitness goals for the Summer, but also to stick to them.

Whilst a couch to 5k would obviously be a bit below your level I thought you might be interested to hear about this national initiative to help people make that difficult first move toward taking up running and enjoying a healthier lifestyle. If it is appropriate and you think your readers would be interested in hearing about this scheme then we’d love for you to share it with them. Below I’ve copied our full press release and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Kind regards,

Rob Meiklejohn

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ONLINE PRESS INFORMATION

12/04/2011

Try the digital diet in time for summer

NHS Choices, the national website for the NHS, invites you to join their Get Fit for Summer campaign. Using online tools such as Facebook, NHS Choices will be helping you define and stick to your health and fitness goals in time for summer.

A recent survey conducted by NHS Choices found that people need motivation from those closest to them to stick to their diet and fitness plans. Support from friends, family, partners and even work colleagues is vital for anyone trying to live more healthily.

A third of participants also said that after an initial burst of encouragement and support, they gained weight or experienced ‘fitness fatigue’ because their friends weren’t able to provide ongoing motivation.

To make it easier for people to support each other in getting fit for summer, NHS Choices will create dedicated Facebook groups around the four topics of losing weight, eating better, getting fit or training for a 5k run. Users will be able to join the groups to swap tips and get encouragement from their online networks. They can also share their health goals with Facebook friends through a dedicated status update tool available through the Healthy Living Facebook page.

Participants can join groups and sign up for e-mail support across four challenges – losing weight, eating better, getting fit or training for a 5k run. Andy Stevenson from Lincoln recently completed the Couch25k pack, using social networking to boost his morale and motivate others. One of his posts read: “In just six weeks I’ve gone from worrying about being able to keep up a jog for 60 seconds to looking forward to 25 minutes of it without a break. I can’t begin to describe how good that feels.”

The campaign will start on 11th April, when you will be able to sign up for your Get Ready for Summer action pack by visiting http://www.nhs.uk/summer or texting SUMMER to 64746.

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