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Newcastle Can

Updated Wednesday 18th January 2017

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the Newcastle Can team have set a challenge: can the city of Newcastle collectively lose 100,000 lbs in weight in one year?

Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Keo Films For Newcastle Can, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is asking the people who live, work and play in Newcastle to commit to losing weight over the course of a year. Working in close collaboration with the city council, Hugh will encourage everyone to: 

  • Make changes to their diet
  • Get involved in new and exhilarating physical activities
  • As a city, commit to losing at least 100,000 lbs

Hugh says: 

The fact is that as a nation we need to do something about our increasing weight - it’s doing too many of us too much harm. I think that galvanising a whole city to take responsibility for their collective health, by coming together to lose weight, could be an amazing way to make progress in the fight against obesity. It’s not going to be easy but I am confident that the people of Newcastle are up to my challenge. 

I have chosen Newcastle to take part in this experiment for two reasons – firstly because the number of people considered obese or overweight in the city is in line with the national average; and secondly - and most importantly - because looking around the city I see a fantastic community spirit that could inspire the rest of the UK. There are already some good initiatives in the city to help people improve their health, and I think that, together, we can take it to another level. Good luck Newcastle – you can do it!

Hugh’s ‘Newcastle Can’ challenge is being filmed for a forthcoming BBC/OU co-production. More information will appear here later in 2017. In the meantime, you can find out more by visiting the Newcastle Can website.

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