MORE than 20 people have finished a ten-week fitness course.

Participants in the fitbug course, organised by Age UK and Darlington Borough Council’s sports development team, reported increased health benefits.

The fitbug is a pedometer which looks at both daily step and aerobic steps taken, with the support of a website where users can log their non bug steps and get advice on activities and recipes.

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All participants are now using their bugs everyday and have made improvements in both their daily activity level and their diet.

Most of the group have attended weekly drop-in sessions to look at healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in Darlington.

They plan to continue once the programme has finished and take the steps to a healthier and more active life.

For more information, call sport development officer Joanne Fowle, on 01325-254370 or 07983-435-619 or