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    • Zoë Freedman
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      A discussion thread about physical activity.

    • Zoë Freedman
      Keymaster
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      Move it or Lose it – who help older people to live active healthier lives – has launched an online Club to help older people and those with long term health conditions to stay active and connected while they are at home. Thanks to the Tackling Inequalities Fund from Sport England and National Lottery, they are able to give six months free membership and a free resistance band to those referred through social prescribing.

      The Club includes exercise videos for all abilities including seated and standing routines, stretching, balance, beginner’s ballet, and jazz, strength circuits, seated Pilates and more. There’s also live exercise sessions every weekday. And the Social Club has art sessions, book club, healthy eating tips, quizzes, pharmacist’s and physiotherapist’s advice and cookery sessions so there’s lots to do and friendly people to chat with online.

      Please use this form to nominate a patient for 6 months free membership here – https://www.moveitorloseitclub.co.uk/nominate-an-older-person/

      Here’s a link to find out more about the Club: https://www.moveitorloseitclub.co.uk/about-us/

      For any queries please contact Julie Robinson at club@moveitorloseit.co.uk

    • Zoë Freedman
      Keymaster
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      42% of UK adults admitted they are sitting for at least 14 hours longer a week, a new poll from ukactive has revealed.
      – 78% of UK adults have spent longer sitting down per day during lockdown
      – 42% of respondents have spent more than two hours a day longer sitting
      – 27% report sitting for more than three hours extra per day
      – 15% say they are sitting for more than four hours extra per day

      What steps can we all take to make sure we break up long periods of sitting?

      I know it’s tough. I’ve been working from home since returning to work from maternity leave in May last year. With a toddler too there’s no time in the day for exercise. So I try and get out for a walk as my lunch break as many days of the week as I can. What other ideas have you got for stopping sitting down so much?

    • James Day – Thriving Communities Regional Lead (SW)
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      Finding new ways to overcome inequalities in physical activity!

      We know that certain groups within society such as ethnically diverse communities, disabled people, people living with a long term health condition, people living on low incomes or women and girls are less likely to be active than the general population. This will not come as a shock to most as for some time the physical activity sector has been working to identify and change these inequalities that exist for these groups. But why are we still finding it a challenge?

      Ideas to Action, a new programme delivered by Design Council, supported by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery aims to find new ways to overcome these inequalities by doing things differently: working together and designing new solutions – based on what people want and need – to bring about positive, lasting change.

      Over six months, programme participants will benefit from weekly interactive workshops, expert one-to-one coaching and a range of online learning resources. Participants will develop design skills and mindsets which they can use beyond the programme, applying them to future challenges. In addition, they will benefit from building relationships with their peers and sharing learning as they go along.

      To get involved, you will be addressing one of the four challenges below.
      Making changes with communities
      Working alongside communities to design safer places and spaces in their neighbourhoods to encourage people, especially those who are less likely to be active, to become more active.

      Making social connections
      Creating opportunities for people who are less likely to participate in physical activities to meet (physically or virtually) with others and become more active.

      Getting active in the digital world
      Working with people who are finding it hard to be active so they feel able to access and use online resources and book online activities.

      Inclusive design
      Working with people to design accessible, relevant and meaningful information, products or services that help them become more active.

      If you are working to address one of the challenges above and working to support groups within society who are less likely to be active then Ideas to Action could be the support you need!

      To find out more and to apply click here.

    • James Day – Thriving Communities Regional Lead (SW)
      Moderator
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      Your Movement Matters

      Eight of the UK’s leading walking, climbing and outdoor leisure organisations have joined forces for a ground-breaking research project examining the demographics of people who go walking and climbing.

      Data shows that in England, those from ethnic minorities visit the natural environment 60% less than the rest of the population. Sport England’s Active Lives research also shows that men are more likely to be active than women and there is very limited data in relation to other demographics including faith.

      The aim Your Movement Matters is to build a clear picture of what participation in walking and climbing currently looks like to support the development and implementation of evidence-based diversity and inclusion strategies within each organisation. It is all about understanding who is and who is not participating in the different styles of walking and climbing. Every type of movement counts, from walking in local parks or climbing at an indoor wall to camping, hiking and rock climbing adventures in the mountains. Whether you participate once a year, every day, or don’t know how to get started, your movement matters to us. We want to know more about your experiences and what you do.

      Take the survey now here.

    • Jared Ashe
      Moderator
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      This one’s a bit of a crossover between physical activity and the natural environment – but really fascinating article here about how psychotherapists have been taking their work outside during the pandemic.

      There can be something more freeing about the idea of walking and talking, without the pressure of eye contact, away from the more enclosed environment of the consulting room.

      This makes sense – we all know the power of physical activity, and spending time outside, so I can really see how this can combine to ‘add value’ to a therapy session.

      Full article is here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/17/walking-or-running-in-nature-with-a-therapist-is-helping-people-heal

    • James Day – Thriving Communities Regional Lead (SW)
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      Run Talk Run – helping people’s mental health through physical activity

      I love running.. powered by strava (a social community of runners, walkers, cyclists) and a love for exploring I find running allows me to escape the everyday and go on mini adventures. Having said that, I often run alone and I can tell you that running with someone else or in groups is 100% a better experience (for me anyway).

      Run Talk Run provide support groups to make both movement and mental health support less intimidating, and more accessible. They believe peer support and community can help, and movement does a rather lovely job at facilitating those conversations. There are so many reasons why running makes it easier to open up.

      What Jess has done with Run Talk Run is extremely powerful but simple. You do feel a sense of freedom when running so it makes sense that people might feel more open to talk about their mental health in a welcoming and supportive environment whilst taking part in physical activity. Ultimately, running or walking helps to normalise the conversation around mental health and further helps to normalise seeking support from others and having the confidence to speak out.

      I love the sense of community that Jess has created as individuals with varying levels of abilities and experience are encouraged to take part and all their initiatives are community led by the people for the people.

      Jess’s top tip for anyone thinking about establishing a community organisation would be to welcome the support of volunteers, and not take it all onto one pair of shoulders! I love the quote “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”.

      To find out more about Run Talk Run, or get involved in our community please reach out to jessica@runtalkrun.com or visit the website – runtalkrun.com

    • Zoë Freedman
      Keymaster
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      Tackling Minds – how fishing is helping people’s physical and mental wellbeing

      David Lyons from Tackling Minds tells us about what they’ve been doing to improve physical and mental health in the north west region. They are part of the Rochdale Social Prescribing Network who are using funds from the Thriving Communities Programme to develop a holistic programme of activities to help individuals in their community gain better physical and mental wellbeing.

      Read more on the Ideas Hub.

    • Zoë Freedman
      Keymaster
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      Half of pools, gyms and leisure centres in England at risk, prime minister told

      I saw this interesting article in the Guardian and wanted to share. Very worrying that more than 50% of public leisure facilities are at risk of closing.

      One of trustees, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, has written to the Prime Minister asking him to intervene to save these crucial public facilities.

    • James Day – Thriving Communities Regional Lead (SW)
      Moderator
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      Active Devon – Movement & the Mind Conference

      Join Movement & the Mind Founder Dr Lucy Loveday and a global community of experts, adventurers, advocates and leaders, from across the disciplines of medicine, psychiatry, psychology, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, neuroscience, mindfulness and movement for an interactive, virtual conference recognising, exploring, and celebrating the connections between mind, body, and planet.

      Delegates will:

      – Learn the latest evidence for the benefits of physical activity for good mental health
      – Explore mindfulness for human performance
      – Hear real-life stories of how moving in green, blue, and built environments cultivates improved wellbeing and connection

      Date: 18/06/2021
      Time: 8:00am – 7:00pm
      Cost: £59pp

      Book your place here!

    • Billie Ault
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      Mollie Ward is making waves in a ground-breaking, grassroots role. The result of a partnership between Chesterfield FC Community Trust and Derbyshire Voluntary Action, the Young People’s Physical Activity Link Worker role is based in the HUB at the Technique Stadium the role sees Mollie working with people aged 14-25 to help them reach their full potential. This could be through links to community based advice/counselling services, volunteering or fun activities and new learning opportunities. To read more about Mollie’s experience and to contact her follow this link: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/2021/06/ground-breaking-role-created-at-chesterfield-fc-community-trust/
      What are your thoughts on the new role presented?

    • Zoë Freedman
      Keymaster
      Post count: 122

      GPs offer boxing classes to help women beat depression as part of fitness drive to improve patients’ mental and physical health.

      Read more here:

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10278563/GPs-offer-boxing-classes-help-women-beat-depression.html

    • Zoë Freedman
      Keymaster
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      Join us for our next webinar in January 2022.

      25 January 2022, 3-4pm

      ‘We Are Undefeatable’ – overcoming barriers to physical activity and how social prescribing can be part of the solution.

      Register here on Eventbrite, or if you’ve had issues with Eventbrite you can register here on Zoom.

      When you think of physical activity you might picture running on a treadmill at the gym, going to an exercise class, or the dreaded goal of achieving 5 x 30 minutes of moderate exercise every week. In this webinar we will debunk the myths that surround how to get people to exercise more and look at what recent studies have shown are the barriers and effective motivations to increased physical activity.

      With the Richmond Group of Charities and their ‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign, we will show how social prescribing can help anyone, but particularly those with long term conditions, to integrate physical activity into their daily lives, increasing both mental and physical wellbeing in the process.

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