Jan 24 2012

MEND and MPs 'get moving'

Today MEND and around ten MPs took part in the Bupa ‘Get Moving’ challenge - to raise awareness of the benefits of taking regular exercise.

Organised by Bupa in partnership with MEND, the Youth Sports Trust and Diabetes UK, the ‘Get Moving’ challenge involves three walks around Westminster between 24 January and 7 February to raise awareness of the benefits that taking regular exercise such as walking can have in ensuring a healthy heart and reduced body fat. MPs have been invited and are also in with a chance of winning £500 of sports equipment for a local school or sports club.

MEND’s CEO, Harry MacMillan joined ten Members of Parliament on the walk around Westminster, passing some of London’s most famous landmarks including Big Ben, The London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

Harry MacMillan said: “Bupa’s ‘Get Moving’ challenge was a fantastic opportunity for MPs to kick off the new year by getting active and promoting healthier lifestyles. At MEND we empower children and adults to lead fitter, healthier and happier lives and actively encourage regular physical activity and healthy eating. We’re delighted to be working with Bupa and so many MPs to showcase the health benefits of walking and inspire others to become more active.”

The MP winner will be announced on 7 February at the final walk. There are three walks taking place in total – on 24 January, 31 January and 7 February.

Martin George, Managing Director, Group Development, Bupa, said: “It’s great that Members of Parliament are taking part in the Bupa ‘Get Moving’ challenge to be in with a chance of winning sports equipment for a local school or sports club. Bupa and our partners [MEND, Youth Sport Trust and Diabetes UK] are committed to helping people to get moving and live healthier lifestyles and walking is an excellent way of achieving this.”

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