Are you game for the sporting digital challenge?

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Residents are being invited to take part in a sporting digital challenge as part of West Lothian Council’s “Be Online 2017” fortnight.

The annual event – which this year takes place from February 27-March 12 – is a celebration of the benefits being online and the joys of learning something new.

This year’s theme is to let technology help with your health and wellbeing and to discover if there is an app or device to support this.

A number of free events have been organised around the area and on March 2 10am-12pm people are being invited to come along to Xcite Linlithgow and discover their free Health and Fitness emagazines, learn about their homebound service, the Healthy reading list and the services of Living It Up.

Participants are also being invited to take up the digital challenge and to help West Lothian to reach its 1660 miles target.

The aim is to allow participants to virtually travel to West Lothian’s twinned town Hochsauerland and back again by participating in local activities.

The goal is to reach 1660 miles by recording distance using devices such as a smartphone, app, or pedometer.

Five hundred steps is approximately quarter of a mile.

To take part, sign-up online and log your distance, visit:

The digital challenge is open to all ages and each submission will be entered into our free prize draw, with a chance to win a Fitbit Zip Activity Tracker.

Executive councillor for culture and leisure Dave King said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to discover more about their mobile devices and how apps can help them with everything from staying well and active.

“If you want to make best use of your phone or tablet come along and say hello. Alternatively why not get the whole family involved in the digital challenge.”