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Big Pledge 2017 London Calling (05 June to 30 July)

Celebrate the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London by completing the distance to collect the top 30 counties who will be taking part. 

  • It's free for everyone
  • Challenges for all ages and abilities
  • Join in with family and friends 
  • Get active, get out and have fun! 

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Big Pledge 2016 - Road to Rio 

To celebrate the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, Wiltshire Council's Big Pledge - Road to Rio invited local residents to get involved in an activity challenge and improve their health and wellbeing. Between 4 June and 29 July 2016, more than 18,000 local people took part. 

In total, participants ran, walked, swam or cycled 779,742km (484,509 miles to the moon and back!) over eight weeks. The challenge gave them the motivation to get moving and the chance to see what a difference physical activity can have. 

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Sun awareness

Many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, so we should make sure we do it safely. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. Whether home or abroad, risk of skin cancer can be reduced by following this advice:

  • Stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun at its hottest
  • Cover up with loose clothing, good quality sunglasses and a hat
  • Use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and make sure you apply it regularly
  • by making sure you never burn, particularly if you have fair skin that burns easily or lots of moles or freckles
  • Always remember to take extra care with children, Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun
  • If you're skiing, remember that snow reflects UV rays and you can still get burnt, especially at high altitude

For detailed advice on preventing sunburn and enjoying the sun safely please visit Cancer Research UK's SunSmart website.

The number of people who die from cancerous and non-cancerous melanoma (skin cancer) is higher in Wiltshire compared to some places in the South West and England. There is a particular need to target information on preventing skin cancer to children, young people and those who work and spend time outdoors. Each year in England around 100 people die from skin cancer caused by using tanning bed, with young females being particularly susceptible

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Wiltshire's Big Pledge
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
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0300 003 4566

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Last updated: 18 April 2017 | Last reviewed: 18 April 2017