About Newcastle Can

Newcastle Can

We all might have a pretty good idea of what we need to do to lose weight and get fit but doing it alone can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle. So let's come together to change the way we live, work and play, and help make Newcastle the healthiest, happiest city it can be.

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In January 2017, Newcastle Can launched as a new way to tackle health and obesity. With TV chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at the helm, and in collaboration with Newcastle City Council, the experiment aimed to encourage communities throughout the city to work together to get healthier and fitter… and to work towards one common goal: see if Newcastle could lose 100,000lbs in weight.

Residents across the city signed up to Newcastle Can, each getting their own personal food intake diary and weight loss dashboard, lots of information about healthy eating and exercise, as well as details of upcoming events and local resources. Businesses, organisations, community groups and neighbours joined the initiative in their own teams, challenging and supporting one another to get healthier together. The Newcastle Can team took to the streets, went to community clubs, visited businesses and organisations across the city, ran challenges, created a social media movement, hosted events and even turned Northumberland Street into a free gym. And with the help of fantastic supporters, Newcastle Can reached thousands of people in the North East.

In June 2018, the target of 100,000lb weight loss was reached!

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Following its success, Newcastle City Council have decided to continue running Newcastle Can and incorporate more programmes under the Newcastle Can banner.

So if you're in Newcastle, you can still get involved.

Sign up here to get healthy eating and exercise information, simple tips to help you get healthier and fitter, and information on what's happening across the city.

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