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The Big Challenge - Part Two
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- learn to clench those buttocks!

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Losing weight is all about using up more calories than we consume.

An 8.5 stone (54kg) woman running at seven miles an hour for 15 minutes will only burn off about 170 calories. That's not even half a pizza!

Vacuuming for half an hour can burn more than 100 calories.

Here in Shropshire we've signed up our two teams. We have the Whitchurch seven and the Ludlow five, all helping themselves to get svelte and healthy before Christmas.

In Programme Two, we delved into a few of the fridges belonging to our teams to find out what they're scoffing when our backs are turned!

While Genevieve Tudor headed south to rummage around a couple of fridges in Ludlow, Jim Hawkins travelled north on the A49 to delve into a fridge in Whitchurch.

Meanwhile, back in our studio, nutritionist Alison Benbow analyses the health value of the various fridges - Some do better than others!

Fridge Foray
Listen to Part One (6 mins 44 secs)
In Ludlow, Genevieve opens the door on Elizabeth and Brian's fridge.

Alison proclaims that while the water and chicken were good choices, the sausages weren't a particularly healthy option.
Listen to Part Two (7 mins 39 secs)
Genevieve chatting to Graeme Kidd
Genevieve chatting to Graeme Kidd at the recent Ludlow Food Festival
Staying in Ludlow, Sally Newman-Kidd let Genevieve into her fridge.

Married to mayor Graeme (inventor of the extremely attractive beer and sausage diet), it's no surprise that Sally's fridge contains plenty of sausages, particularly so soon after the Ludlow Food Festival.

As well as a beer named after Graeme (Mayor's Ale), the fridge does boast a healthy combination of vegetables, olives, very locally produced eggs... and butter.

Alison decides that while it contains a few unhealthy foods, Sally and Graeme's fridge also boasts some healthy additions - vegetables are a good source of antioxidants and vitamins, while the olives are perhaps a surprise bonus (essential fats).
Listen to Part Three (12 mins 19 secs)
In Whitchurch, Jim gathers his group to reveal the contents of their fridges.

Whether it's a fix or not, the contents of Whitchurch's fridges seem generally healthier than their Ludlow rivals!

Lots of salad, fruit and veg bode well. However, the cheese can be high in fat and salt. Poor Jenny does let the side down a bit (particularly with the chocolate gateau!)

Jim also checks up on the progress with the buttock-clenching exercises - just don't get into a lift with any of the Whitchurch team!

Across the UK 25,000 have signed up to the Big Challenge via the web site. Similarly, the TV show has attracted 4.9 million viewers and there have been 26,000 orders for the Big Challenge supporters' packs.

We'll follow our teams' progress on every Friday's Mid Morning show with Jim Hawkins, and here on the BBC Shropshire website.

Want to get involved? Contact Genevieve Tudor on our CSV Action Desk on 01743 499000, or email her direct.

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