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Sheffield - a city on the move

June 13, 2016
By Ollie Hart, a GP at Sloan Medical Centre in Sheffield
Sheffield - a city on the move
This summer Sheffield is attempting to take another huge step towards proving we are the most active city in the UK by 2020.
 
We’re launching a world-first physical activity programme to get 50,000 people in the city on the move in the run up to the Rio Olympics.
 
It’s called Move More Month and during July we want as many people in the city as possible to measure their movement. 
 
The Move More programme is a long-term plan to create the conditions in our city that make it easier to move more. As a GP, the longer I spend seeing people in ill health, the more convinced I am of the importance of an active lifestyle in maintaining good health. Moving more gives us more energy, helps us feel better and treats and prevents most diseases.
 
The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have teamed up to create a new and free Move More Sheffield app. Once downloaded, the app will automatically track activity and clock up users Move More Minutes, for each minute of activity. There is no need to press start and stop, just carry your phone and ‘move more’. It’s your very own free activity tracker!
 
It works on android and Apple phones (some older iPhone versions are being finalised). 
 
Move More Month is being supported by more than 20 local organisations and we’re really pleased to have the backing of the Olympic Legacy Park. We’ve even got Jessica Ennis-Hill on board!
 
So the big challenge is: how many of us can download the app and keep our phones on us for the month of July?
 
It’s so simple. You don’t need to start and stop or type anything in, just carry your phone and the app does the rest.
 
And if you need inspiration to get moving, the Move More website has loads of ideas for free activities. Whether you fancy swimming at Ponds Forge, ice skating at iceSheffield, trail running at Longshaw or rounders at Ruskin Park, there’s something for everyone!
 
The app and website will allow users to achieve targets, view a timeline of activities and join Move More competitions such as ‘the steel city derby’, and workplace challenges.
 
So if we can get together as a city, and all use the same tool to record what we are doing, we’ll learn a huge amount, and soon be able to take on other towns and cities across the UK and prove we are the most active city by 2020!
 
With Sheffield being the Outdoor capital of the country, I’ve got every confidence in us.
 
So spread the word and download the app now from Google Play or the Apple Store. Just search ‘move more sheffield’.