Norfolk people urged to pledge to get fit

People are being urged to make a sport or health-related commitment as part of Pledge 2012 as their new year's resolution.

Pledge 2012 is an initiative formed by Active Norfolk in association with Norfolk County Council and NHS Norfolk and supported by the Eastern Daily Press and BBC Radio Norfolk.

It calls for the people of Norfolk to pledge to get active in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pledges can be anything from simply taking up a new sporting activity, completing a charity run, gaining a new coaching qualification, quitting smoking or losing weight – anything which is going to present a challenge but is also achievable as well. There are many opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages to participate in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Last week, the EDP gave an overview of just some of the opportunities available across the county going into the new year. In this second instalment, here are a few more – just remember to make your pledge at first.

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Pledge to join in Active Norfolk's Fit Together programme

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Becoming more active does not have to mean strenuous sessions in the gym – there are lots of things you can do every day to become more active.

Fit Together aims to put people in touch with opportunities to get active, such as organised walks and cycling programmes tailored to different abilities. Walk programmes run throughout the year across the county.

For details, go to

Pledge to get your workplace to sign up to Active Norfolk's Fit4work project

Fit4Work, supported by NHS Norfolk and Waveney, is a free service that is open to all organisations in Norfolk to encourage the workforce to get more active and lead healthier lifestyles.

By being part of the project an organisation can access a free staff consultation and report service, bespoke action plans, courses and tasters of activity, competitions and tournaments, an online directory of services and the Fit4Work Corporate Games, and more.

For more information, go to

Pledge to try a new sporting activity through Sportivate

Sportivate is a nationwide campaign that aims to provide opportunities for teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 25 to access six- week courses in a wide range of sports, including dance, windsurfing, tennis and skiing.

The programme is aimed at those who are not currently choosing to take part in sport in their own time, or are doing so for a very limited amount of time, and will support them to continue playing sport in their community after the six weeks is up.

For more information, visit

Pledge to become a Sport Maker

Sport Makers is an initiative that aims to capture the excitement around the Olympic Games and use it to encourage those over 16 to make sport happen in their community.

Sport Makers will attend a mandatory workshop and complete at least 10 hours of voluntary work at a local sports club or setting. Once they have completed the necessary steps, Sport Makers will receive some free Adidas kit and will be entered in to a draw for Olympic tickets.

Go to for details.

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