31 January 2009, 05:30
Eamonn Holmes will be raising money for Diabetes UK with every pound he loses as a contestant on the new Saturday night stv series The Feelgood Factor.
Over the next eight weeks, the programme is designed to provide people with the perfect way to change their lifestyle with support and advice on how to eat better and exercise more.
The show, which is aimed at over 18s, encourages people to raise funds for charity as they lose weight by signing up to the `Pound for Pound' pledge. For every pound they pledge to lose, family and friends can pledge a pound for their chosen charity.
For every pound in weight Eamonn loses, a pound or more in cash will be shared between Diabetes UK and Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.
Eamonn told Diabetes UK: "When I was asked to nominate a charity for The Feelgood Factor, Diabetes UK was an obvious choice. I have friends who have had Type 2 diabetes creep up on them because of weight problems.
"I hope by doing this, I will raise awareness of the connection between Type 2 diabetes and being overweight and, of course, I also hope the funds raised help with all the great work Diabetes UK does."
Eamonn, who is joined on The Feelgood Factor by co-host Myleene Klass, confessed that the support of his friends and family would help him to succeed.
Eamonn told ITV: "I'm convincing myself that I can do it. The big help for me in all of this is that so many people are willing me on. Not only that, but so many people will be doing it with me."
The Feelgood Factor starts on Saturday 31st January (5.50 pm on stv).
Last updated: 02 February 2009, 17:51