More than 20 Beat Boxes will be installed in Uckfield this summer ready for people to take part in a giant walking and cycling game.
And hundreds of the boxes, which are special sensors for swipe cards, will appear across East Sussex as a fun, free, challenge offering people rewards of points and prizes for exploring their local area on foot or by bicycle.
You will be able to pick up your own Beat the Street card and map at Uckfield Library, or leisure centre, then hunt out and swipe as many Beat Boxes as you can.
Teams across East Sussex are expected to compete against each other to see who can travel the furthest and win thousands of pounds’ worth of prizes.
Players can create their own teams with friends or colleagues, or register to join existing teams or schools, to be in with a chance to win prizes which will be announced in the next few weeks.
Beat the Street aims to improve the health of thousands of people in East Sussex by encouraging them to walk, run and cycle more.
The initiative is run by Intelligent Health and is funded by East Sussex County Council’s public health team, NHS Hastings and Rother and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford clinical commissioning groups.
More than 300,000 people took part in a similar event in towns and cities across the UK last year and the initiative in East Sussex will be the largest Beat the Street challenge to take place yet.
East Sussex acting director of public health Cynthia Lyons said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to East Sussex and can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the seven-week challenge.
“Anyone is able to get involved in Beat the Street – it’s completely free to play and is a great opportunity to go outdoors, spend time with your friends and family and get moving. Watch out for Beat Boxes appearing on a street near you.”
Dr Martin Writer, chair, NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG said: “Beat the Street is an excellent initiative which provides the opportunity for people of all ages to improve their health by being more active.
“For many people becoming more active could be the best medicine they can take. Being more physically active makes people feel better, more energetic and improves mood . It can also help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type two diabetes.”
“Dr David Warden, chair of NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group said: “This innovative game will empower our local residents to take more control of their health and wellbeing by inspiring people to get involved in physical activity in communities. We are proud to be part of the largest Beat the Street initiative to be delivered in the country.”
Want to find out more about Beat the Street? Here is a link to the map of box locations in Uckfield and across East Sussex.
More information will be added at beatthestreet.me/eastsussex – or follow @BTSEastSussex on Twitter or ‘Beat the Street East Sussex’ on Facebook for more information on prizes and how to get involved.