More than 25,000 Wolverhampton residents have now signed up for Better Health: Rewards, giving themselves the chance to earn rewards for making healthier choices – and meaning well over 10% of the city’s adult population is taking part.

Wolverhampton has been chosen by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities to pilot the free scheme, designed to see whether offering adults rewards and incentives will help them to eat better and increase their physical activity levels.

Spaces on the pilot are rapidly filling up and anyone aged 18 and over who lives in Wolverhampton and wants to take part is encouraged to sign up now to guarantee their place, earn at least £40 of rewards and be able to claim a free fitness tracker. Sign ups will close on Friday (31 March, 2023).

John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, said: “We have had a fantastic response to the launch of the Better Health: Rewards pilot here in Wolverhampton. 

“It’s great to see so many people taking part, and that so many people are already earning their rewards, from money off their shopping to free cinema tickets and gym passes or money off days out.

“If you haven't done so yet, please sign up today. It's very easy; all you have to do is download the free Better Health: Rewards app from your app store and synchronise it to your fitness tracker – and if you haven't got one, we'll send you one in the post which is yours to keep once the pilot is over.

"Don't forget that before you can start earning rewards, you must first complete the activities in your 'to do' list, including a few short surveys and wearing and synching your fitness tracker to the app every day for 5 days.

"Once you've done this, the first £10 worth of rewards will be unlocked and the app will start to generate a series of weekly challenges for you to choose from, through which you will be able to earn more points.

"Please also remember that, whenever you are doing some physical activity – like walking, riding a bike or doing housework – you’ll need to put the tracker in exercise mode so that it can capture your workout. And don’t forget to continue to sync your fitness tracker to the app on a regular basis, ideally every day, as you complete challenges and earn rewards.

"If you haven't yet joined, remember, you only have until Friday to sign up for the app, so please download it today!”

For more information, please visit Better Health: Rewards. People can also find out more by calling into the Better Health: Rewards Hub in Queen Square, Wolverhampton, or by catching up with the Better Health: Rewards Bus which will be out and about again this week.