Mission Accomplished for Moon Challenge

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People across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have come down to earth from a universal challenge to get active.

Earlier this year, the University of Worcester spearheaded the Moon Mission, collaborating with partners from the business, voluntary and public sectors, to challenge locals to log a combined 477,714 miles – the distance to the moon and back - by any active means they wished, in order increase fitness levels.

The mission is now complete, with more than half a million miles logged, mainly through walking and running but there have been lots of other activities too.

Since March 20th people have got involved in salsa, swimming, rowing, pushing, hopping, badminton, golf, rugby, football, basketball - to name but a few. Individuals, groups, clubs and companies all got involved.

Louise Jones, Director of Health and Wellbeing at the University, said: “A huge thank you to everyone in Herefordshire and Worcestershire who have been with us on our journey to the moon and back in 2015. What an amazing achievement for our community.

“The Moon Mission was all about making everyone more aware of the physical activity they were doing and to encourage people to become more active. Why? It is one of the simplest ways in which we can help our own health and wellbeing. Physical activity boosts our energy levels and makes us feel better. It can reduce stress levels, help you sleep better and improve your concentration. In addition, increasing your activity level can help you control your weight plus it can help prevent or manage a wide range of health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

“The wonderful thing about being more active is that you don’t have to set aside great chunks of time to do it, buy special equipment or even go to a gym. Take the stairs instead of the lift, park further away from work, go for a walk with friends at lunchtime rather than meeting in a café or get off the bus a stop early and walk that little bit further. It soon adds up.

“So well done everyone, you took that one small step to register and helped us take a giant leap forward in health and wellbeing.”