CASE STUDY: Sheila Taylor
A RETIRED woman from Laira has said she wants to see Plymouth become healthier and is encouraging others to join The Herald's loveLIFE campaign.
Sheila Taylor, 67, joined the loveLIFE campaign at the very start in October 2011 and has since lost 5lbs.
She got on her bike and donated more than 350 miles by cycling, walking and swimming.
"The campaign gave me a boost to do a lot more," said Sheila.
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"I'm retired and live on my own and it gave me something to focus on.
"It made me feel good about myself, that I was doing more exercise and people kept saying how good it was that I was getting involved."
Throughout the first year of the campaign Sheila walked an average of about 40 miles a month, or 10 miles a week, went swimming once a week, did salsa dancing and even got back on her bicycle.
She said: "It was shocking to read some of the statistics about how unhealthy Plymouth was and I'd say to anyone thinking of joining this year to just give it a go.
"It gave me that little bit extra to focus on and I plan to sign up again this year, but concentrate mainly on walking.
"It's important that people get more active.
"There are a lot of unhealthy people around and young people sometimes forget that they are getting older and ill health affects you more the older you are.
"It would be great to see everyone in Plymouth become even healthier."