A GROUP of slimmers have given their support to the Hartlepool Mail 2012 Race For Fitness campaign.
More than 100 people and a number of health organisations have already backed the drive.
And the list of supporters has more names to add after instructors and 11 members of the Weight No More group, in Peterlee, gave their backing.
The community weight-loss group have been hard at work on improving their fitness levels and diet since starting the course.
Instructors make them aware of the importance of regular exercise and the benefits they will feel in the short and long-term.
The course is run by Peterlee Town Council in partnership with Healthworks, a healthy living resource centre based in Easington Colliery and is run by Amy McKenna.
Sharon Pounder, a sports development officer for Peterlee Town Council, said: “By taking part in regular exercise people obviously improve their fitness, but with that comes increased confidence.
“There is also the social aspect.
“A lot of the people who come along are retired or live on their own and courses like this one are a chance for them to meet new people.”
Sharon says a lot of the members of the Weight No More group have also started enjoying pilates, yoga and other fitness and health sessions.
She backed the Mail’s Race for Fitness and urged people in Hartlepool and east Durham to do their bit and keep fit in Olympic year.
The Weight No More group joined an illustrious supporters list including David Cameron, Seb Coe and Jeff Stelling.
Now it’s your turn to back Race for Fitness.
If you are taking on a gruelling challenge, stepping up a fitness drive or giving something up to improve your health this year then let us know.
To support the campaign contact Chris Cordner by writing to him at New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (01429) 239377.