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National Charity Partnership launches challenge to help people kick-start healthier habits

The National Charity Partnership has revamped and relaunched its online Goal Setter tool to give people extra support to change their lifestyle.

Now called the Let’s Do This 8 Week Challenge, it allows users to set and track their health-related goals over an eight week period. It gives users a more tailored experience and is designed to encourage lasting lifestyle change.

Goals focus on everyday changes - such as consuming healthier drinks and eating smaller portion sizes - and becoming more physically active. The 8 Week Challenge, which can be accessed from any computer, tablet or mobile phone, also contains a bank of healthy recipes endorsed by Diabetes UK and the BHF, achievable fitness tips and health-related inspiration to keep people motivated.

Alex Davis, Head of Prevention for the National Charity Partnership, said: “The idea behind this online challenge is to support people to make small, positive changes to their lifestyle which will ultimately help to make a big difference to their long-term health.

“The 8 Week Challenge is designed to help get people started on their personal journey towards developing lifelong healthier behaviours such as eating more fruit and vegetables and getting more active. We’re encouraging people to use our online tool, make a lifestyle change for eight weeks and discover the benefits these changes can make.”

The aim of the Let’s Do This 8 Week Challenge is to get people moving more and eating healthily by kick-starting small healthier habits. Being active and eating a healthy diet are both known to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease – serious conditions that are largely preventable.

Around 4.2 million people in the UK currently live with Type 2 diabetes and an estimated 7 million have heart and circulatory disease. Millions more are at risk of developing these conditions. The National Charity Partnership, a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, is working to help people reduce their risk by leading healthier, active lifestyles.

The Let’s Do This 8 Week Challenge forms part of the partnership’s UK-wide Let’s Do This campaign. Launched in January 2016, the campaign is designed to inspire women aged 20-45, and their families, to set achievable lifestyle goals to boost their health and wellbeing.

Find out more about the Let’s Do This campaign and how the National Charity Partnership is helping people to become more active, eat healthily and reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease.