Lucy Eyles shows ‘That Counts!’, in new campaign to get Stockport more active

Lucy Eyles, a retired special needs teacher from Woodley, stars in That Counts! - a new campaign inspiring thousands from across Greater Manchester to lead a more active life.

The inspiring community initiative is an important contribution to Greater Manchester’s aims to reduce inactivity and get 2 million residents moving by 2021. With 59,000 more local people becoming active or fairly active over the past three years, levels of inactivity in the city-region are already falling three times faster than the national rate.

However, official statistics show Greater Manchester still has higher inactivity levels than both the North West and England average2.

But studies show a clear appetite among GM residents to do more though and two-thirds of locals (67%) want to be more active. Many are finding it difficult to move enough in their everyday lives though, with one in four (25%) not having enough time, nearly a third (32% ) feeling too tired and more than a quarter (26%) put off by the weather4.

Councillor Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, is supporting the campaign. She said: “Moving for 30 minutes throughout the day has so many benefits, so it’s great to hear of this campaign inspiring people to get active in their own way. Whether it’s getting a few stops off early on the bus or getting involved in a group event, there’s plenty to choose from to get active in Stockport.”

The campaign has the backing of Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, who said: “Greater Manchester residents are already taking great strides to become more active – and we’re tackling inactivity three times faster than the national average. We’ve got a lot to celebrate, but there’s still some way to go and barriers we can start to tackle as a community. That Counts! is an active, engaging and fun campaign that shows it doesn’t matter what you do, or how you do it, there are loads of ways to make movement count.”

Councillor Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “Moving for 30 minutes throughout the day has so many benefits, so it’s great to hear of this campaign inspiring people to get active in their own way. Whether it’s getting a few stops off early on the bus or getting involved in a group event, there’s plenty to choose from to get active in Stockport.”

Sarah Price, executive lead for population health in Greater Manchester, added: “Inspiring people to move more every day is a vital part of Greater Manchester’s ambitions to transform our residents’ health, wealth and wellbeing. It will reduce the numbers of people dying early and suffering serious poor health, help strengthen our communities, improve our environment and boost our economy. We are already seeing positive changes, but know there is much more to do. Our That Counts! campaign is an important next step in making movement part of our daily lives.”

You can look out for That Counts! around Stockport and get involved on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the handle @ThatCountsGM.
For more information on upcoming events, visit the Stockport Council website ‘What’s On’ pages and Life Leisure website.