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The GP always on his toes

Dr Howard Stoate, Labour MP for Dartford and a member of the all-party parliamentary group on obesity, has won a prize for being Britain's overall 'most active' MP.

The Bexleyheath GP, who is also a marathon runner, wore a pedometer for a week as part of a campaign to highlight the importance of general physical activity in combating obesity.

Dr Stoate walked or ran an average of 15,755 steps a day, including his running training. 'My colleagues think I'm completely mad,' he said.

'Just encouraging people to be a bit more active is non-threatening and does have benefits.'

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