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Stockport Council has launched a new health campaign, Stockport String, with a little help from Stockport County players and a lot of help from their fans.

Stockport String is a fun way to measure your waist using only a piece of string. If the string when halved can’t fit around your middle, it is an indication that you are at higher risk of developing certain illnesses, such as high blood pressure, cancers and diabetes.

The campaign aims to open a discussion with residents on how they can make simple changes to improve their lifestyle and reduce their waist, such as cutting down on drinking or reducing portion sizes.

Using string to measure waist to height ratio is simple and can be done in six simple steps:

Take your shoes off and measure your height against a wall.
Cut a piece of string so that the string is a measurement of how tall you are.
Fold the string in half.
Find a place on your middle that is halfway between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your pelvis almost exactly where your tummy button is.
Wrap the folded string around your waist.
Does your string fit round? If it does that means you are a healthy body shape. If it doesn’t you may be at risk of developing heart disease or diabetes.

Cllr John Pantall, Executive member for Independence and Wellbeing at Stockport Council said: “The Stockport String test is a great way to get people to think about their weight.

“Locally, the Healthy Stockport Service offers a number of free drop-in sessions across Stockport for anyone wanting to make positive changes to their lifestyle. I would encourage residents to come along to these to see what help is available to them.”

Stockport County winger Abs Baggie who took part in the demonstration video for Stockport String said: “The Stockport String test is a really great idea. Not only is it really easy to do, but it really makes you think about making healthier lifestyle changes to manage your weight. I will definitely be trying it out with my family, and I’d encourage County fans to do the same!”

Stuart Guest, Stockport County Schools Presenter added: “The Stockport String test really hit home to me that I need to make a few changes to my lifestyle and diet.  I need to start exercising a bit more and try to reduce my alcohol intake as well.  The string test is an easy way to track progress as well!”

For more information about Stockport String, the Healthy Stockport drop-in sessions and making small steps to make positive lifestyle changes visit: