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Million Miles challenge aiming to boost Newham's fitness

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 August 2016

Any sort of activity counts towards the total

Any sort of activity counts towards the total

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How long would it take everyone in the borough to clock up a combined million miles of activity?

That’s the challenge posed by the Million Miles Together initiative, which Newham has signed up to.

Anyone living, working or going to school in the borough can log activities including walking, swimming and even gardening, which are then converted into miles.

Cllr Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning, said: “We are committed to helping and encouraging all of our residents live healthier and active lifestyles.

“The Newham Million Miles Together challenge aims to encourage people to be even more physically active, but it is also very much about people having fun while keeping fit.

“We have witnessed some amazing displays at the Rio Olympics which has reminded us of the fantastic 2012 Games held here in Newham. Hopefully this will inspire even more people to take part in this challenge and perhaps other boroughs will also follow in our footsteps.”

The initiative is being supported by the council’s eight Community Neighbourhood Teams, with registration opening on Saturday, September 3.

The challenge itself will take place between Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, January 8.

For more information and to sign up, visit millionmilestogether.org

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