Saturday, 28 March 2009, 9:20PM on ITV1
ITV has launched a new nationwide initiative, inviting the public via www.itv.com/feelgoodfactor to join some of ITV’s biggest stars to shape up and make 2009 an altogether healthier year.
And now two months from the initial kick off show in January, The Feelgood Factor is ready to reveal the results. The Feelgood Factor launched on ITV1 on 31st January with a focus on helping viewers make some positive changes for a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families via three ITV shows as well as a dedicated www.itv.com website. Tonight we reveal exactly how much the nation has lost in weight and how much they’ve raised for their chosen charities via The Feelgood Factor’s Pound for Pound Plan.
The Feelgood Factor is intended to link up with the Government’s Change4Life campaign, described by the Department of Health as “a lifestyle revolution involving thousands of local organisations and charities which will help the nation eat well, move more and live longer.”
Hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Myleene Klass, The Feelgood Factor aims to inspire viewers to make simple changes to their lifestyle.
As well as the nation’s favourite celebrities taking part in healthy challenges, The Feelgood Factor also launched the “Pound for Pound Plan”, where viewers over the age of 18 could sign up to lose weight and at the same time raise money for charity. It’s simple – for every pound in weight a viewer loses, their friends and family can each pledge a pound in cash or more for their chosen charity. The more the viewers lose, the more is raised for good causes.
Leading the “Pound for Pound” initiative is Eamonn Holmes, who pledged to lose weight in a bid to lead a healthier lifestyle. Spurred on by his friends and family, Eamonn signed up to the “Pound for Pound” plan and viewers have been charting his progress on www.itv.com/feelgoodfactor . There have been set-backs, not least a knee injury, but Eamonn has persevered and tonight we will reveal just how Eamonn has got on and whether he has managed to continue with his weight loss and get fit.
He says, “This whole experience did what it said on the tin, I have lost weight and more importantly I feel really good about the changes in my lifestyle, to the degree that the end of the programme won’t mean the end of the changes for me or hopefully the weight loss.”
Eamonn’s Feelgood Factor co-host Myleene Klass also been doing her bit to get fit and has been rehearsing for weeks with the Blue and White Double Dutch Skipping Team. But has she done enough to deliver a skip-perfect performance with the team on tonight;s show? And it’s not just the complex skipping steps – will her stamina hold up when she joins in the routine?
She says: “Who would have thought skipping could be so exhausting. It’s taking all my concentration to remember the steps and so much stamina to keep going. I really don’t want to let the skipping team down so am practicing really hard. Skipping is a great way to keep fit and healthy and something I can do most days.”
Also coming up in the show: Loose Women star Denise Welch committed herself to the daunting task of dancing the part of Roxy in Chigago – her final aim to perform in front of the nation, joined by the cast of the West End hit. She has gallantly undertaken the task and has been rehearsing tirelessly to perfect the routine but she’s not yet mastered the cartwheel at the song’s finale – can she nail it for the show?
And it’s Woolpack V Woolpack. Emmerdale’s Tony Audenshaw (plays Bob Hope) and Matthew Wolfenden (plays David Metcalfe) have also lent their support. The two are keen runners and have been mentoring a ladies darts team from a real life Woolpack pub in Bury, Greater Manchester. After gruelling training and lots of commitment from the ladies, they are now newly fit and ready to test their training in a mammoth 5km fun run and all are desperate to beat the stars, and their mentors, from their favourite soap.
The Boca Boys, our five-a-side football team from Essex have been getting fit and losing weight and swapped their pints and curries for orange juice and salads. A special match has been lined up by their mentor and football pundit, Robbie Earle. They don’t yet know who they are playing, but rest assured they will be surprised when they have to tackle some of their footballing idols.
The Glaswegian Bingo players have also been putting their bodies through their paces, working hard to shift the pounds, this time they really don’t want to hear their number come up.
Our dancing schoolboys have trained with Tom, the star of musical Billy Elliot and their time has come to step up and show off their moves for the final show. The question is, have they learnt their moves, increased their stamina and got the routine perfect?
Premiership football team Manchester United have helped out our bobbies beat off the pounds, and raise plenty of money for their chosen charity. The boys in blue have trained at the boy’s in red’s Old Trafford ground and even the head chef for the team has cooked up a treat for them.