Make a splash

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It’s a new year and the perfect time to get fit.

So how about swimming the distance of the English Channel – in your own local swimming pool?

Diabetes UK is inviting people to sign up to its Swim22 challenge, which starts on February 22.

Twenty-two miles might sound a long way, but swimmers get three months to cover the distance at their own pace.

You can even split up the 22 miles between a team of friends, family or workmates – and then you can fundraise together too.

Money raised through sponsorship will help us to fund research into diabetes and campaign on key issues.

Also to offer education and support to more of the 3.5 million people in the UK who are diagnosed with the condition, and to the 549,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed.

Swimming is a great way of keeping fit and active.

It can help you maintain a healthy weight, which is key to reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Swimming is also a good way for people with diabetes to get some exercise which, along with eating a healthy diet, can help them maintain a healthy weight and manage their condition well.

Sign up today by visiting or calling 0345 123 2399.

Stephen Ryan,

Regional manager,

Diabetes UK,

C/o Parkway,