At NASP, we know the difference regular physical activity can make to a person. However, as the nights draw in – and those of us working in healthcare begin to feel even more tired and overworked – we also know that staying active can be the last thing on our minds.
That is why we are partnering with RED January, to encourage the teams of people that make social prescribing viable to get active in the new year, all whilst raising money for social prescribing projects.
Why RED January?
RED January is a nationwide public health movement whose mission is to empower us all to overcome barriers that currently lead to higher inactivity and lower wellbeing in the winter.
Join thousands of people around the country by signing up to RED January for free as an individual or team and set a personal movement challenge for the month that works for you and your lifestyle.
RED January will then send you ideas and encouragement, In the lead up to and during January. With activities like desk Pilates and inspiration on how you can come together to move as a team in lunch breaks, there are ways for even the busiest teams of doctors or link workers to take part.
Once you’ve set a goal, share it with your friends and family, inviting them to fundraise to empower everyone that experiences mental health challenges to enjoy the benefits of movement in their local community.
Where does the money go?
We are delighted that RED January have agreed to award a portion of the money raised this year to seven social prescribing projects that will support people's mental health and wellbeing through physical activity.
These projects will work closely with local GPs and link workers and help people to access initiatives like therapeutic walking groups and swimming sessions.
We are thrilled to partner with RED on this campaign to empower all of us to come together and support our own mental wellbeing throughout January, whilst raising funds for community projects carrying out vital work all year round.