People were encouraged to stay fit and keep healthy
TORBAY Council has been a proud partner of loveLIFE which has celebrated the great achievements and efforts of individuals and organisations across the Bay who keep fit, healthy and happy.
Torbay Council and all the Herald Express Lovelife campaign partners have helped encourage and inspire residents to be fit and active – and have had fun along the way.
This has included participation in sporting activities, eating well, quitting bad habits, taking up new activities or making small changes such as walking to the shops instead of driving.
From younger to older residents, individuals to groups, everyone has played their part.
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loveLIFE supported events such as the Olympic Torch Relay on Torre Abbey Meadows which proved a great success and helped further promote the initiative.
Torbay Council would also like to give special thanks to loveLIFE for providing support and sponsorship for its youth team at the Devon Games to Inspire 2012.
Our councillors have showed their support by making pledges and spreading the word about health and fitness.
Following the removal of a tumour, Cllr Cindy Stocks bravely agreed to join loveLIFE and talk openly about her private battle with cancer. Not only did Cllr Stocks make personal pledges but she also encouraged her constituents to join the campaign.
Deputy mayor Cllr Dave Thomas, pledged to walk more miles and lose weight. He is currently three quarters of the way through his original target of two stone which he aims to have completed by the beginning of March.
Cllr Alison Hernandez, executive lead for involved and healthy communities, pledged long distance walking goals and weight loss. Although she says she did not reach her personal targets, she still walked an impressive 10 miles and shed half a stone.
Cllr Robert Excell, executive lead for safer communities, a great advocate for table tennis, increased his steps during training sessions and also encouraged his club members to do the same.
For one councillor, loveLIFE helped her make a life changing decision. Aged 71, Cllr Jenny Faulkner overcame a fear and learned to swim for the first time.
Torbay Council would like to say thank you to everyone who took part in the first year of loveLIFE and to all the partners from the voluntary, private and public organisations who helped and contributed to make it such a resounding success!