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Mr World beckons for local healthy living adviser - 12.08.09

It's easy to tell other people how to live a healthy lifestyle, but one Active Steps advisor has been putting his advice into action to win Mr Wales 2009.

Mark Tancock, who has been working with the healthy living team for the last year, now goes on to represent Wales at Mr World 2010 in Singapore.

Active Steps is a pioneering exercise programme that helps Sutton residents get fit and lose weight by changing the way they travel around the borough. The initiative encourages people to use their cars less and walk or cycle more, with motivators on hand to help people get started.

Delivered by Sutton Council and Merton NHS Primary Care Trust, the initiative was created in partnership with Smarter Travel Sutton and is the first large scale project of its kind. Participants get individual advice and motivation to change their habits from a team of advisors that work across the borough.

Born in Swansea, Mark now lives in Sutton and credits his success to keeping active and not taking the competition too seriously. Despite his humility, Mark was up against stiff competition at the final at the Cardiff Indoor Arena on 18 July. He said,

"There were 35 other guys in the final and I thought I'd be lucky to get third, so when they read out my name I was completely staggered, it was just a whirlwind.

"To be honest, it hasn't really sunk in yet. I've got lots of work with photo shoots and charity work with the Joshua Foundation, working with children with terminal cancer. I'm off to Lapland soon helping with the children and their families and then I'll be looking forward to Singapore in 2010."

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council said,

"There's no better advert for Active Steps that Mark himself; changing the way you travel can contribute significantly to your health and wellbeing.  

"Congratulations and good luck in Singapore."

To organise for an Active Steps advisor to come into your work place or to get involved yourself, please contact Abby Christie, Active Steps Project Officer, on 020 8254 8208 or abby.christie@smpct.nhs.uk

Last updated: Monday, 17 August 2009

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