So, did you get a better life this year?
IT’S been a year for health and fitness for Tees Pride 2008. At the start of the year we launched Get A Better Life - a major online challenge aimed at getting people across the Tees Valley to pledge to improve their eating habits and exercise levels.
The campaign, run in conjunction with Teesside University and Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust, kick-started the seventh year of Tees Pride campaigning.
And within weeks of going live, hundreds of people had come forward to take part. More than 1,000 people eventually registered for the initiative.
Health experts are carrying out the £500,000 research project, funded by the Food Standards Agency, to gain a detailed insight into the lifestyle of Teessiders.
The data collected will then be used to work on improving the long-term future of the region’s health.
The Get A Better Life team now wants to hear from people who signed up at the start of the year as the survey of eating and exercise habits must be repeated at the 12 month point.
Once information has been gathered, a detailed picture of the region’s lifestyle habits will emerge - and be used to work on improving the long-term future of the region’s health.
Frances Hillier, Get a Better Life’s project manager, said: “It’s the start of next year when the project will get really exciting for us when we receive people’s responses for the 12 month mark.
“Between January and the end of April 2009 we’ll be receiving updates from those people who signed up at the start of 2008.
“It’s so important for everyone who joined the campaign at the start to come back and repeat the questionnaire process so we can gather as much information as possible.”
People who signed up for Get A Better Life were asked to complete an online questionnaire.
They were also asked to make two small pledges - one to improve their diet, either by decreasing the fat they eat or increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables they eat, and one on their physical activity levels.
All 1,000-plus pledgers will be receiving an email from the team in the coming weeks to encourage them to give feedback on their year of hard work.
During 2008 Get A Better Life has featured inspirational stories from local people looking to improve their lives.
A Get A Better Life event was also held at the university on June 8.
As well as help and advice on diet and fitness, people could have a go at fun ways to get in shape and get a health MOT.
In 2009 Tees Pride will be finding out just how well Teesside has performed in the health and fitness challenge.
Did you sign up for Get A Better Life? Then log on to www.getabetterlifecampaign.co.uk to complete your 12 month update.