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Residents urged 'move more' with National Fitness Day

The #MoveMoreSandwell partnership is marking National Fitness Day by getting people to think about the benefits of being active.

#MoveMoreSandwell is a joint campaign involving organisations such as Sandwell Council, Sandwell Leisure Trust and the Albion Foundation. Its ambassador is Blind Dave Heeley - the first blind person to complete seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

This year’s National Fitness Day, on Wednesday (25 September), is all about finding out why people like to live an active life. So the #MoveMoreSandwell partnership has been getting out and asking local people what they think.

Reasons for being active in Sandwell seem to vary. For some it’s all about the physical health benefits, like the improved breathing and energy that being active brings. For others, it’s more to do with how being active feels and the positive boost it gives our mental health. For others, it more of a social thing.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Yvonne Davies said:

“I do not think fitness is about being ultra fit or ultra slim. Fitness to me means being able to move more freely.

“I think it’s about being able to do what you want and have a full life without feeling that you’re weighed down. So, being able to move freely and stay active in my 60s is really important to me.”

People can find lots of different ways of getting active locally at or they can call the Healthy Sandwell Team on 0800 011 4656.

Go to for more info on National Fitness Day.

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