Conference promoting exercise for mental well-being to be held at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Suffolk Heath promoter, Denise Foster, left and Frances Seager operating a pedal powered smoothie ma

Suffolk Heath promoter, Denise Foster, left and Frances Seager operating a pedal powered smoothie maker at a previous Suffolk Most Active County initiative at Endeavor House, Ipswich. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

Experts from across the country will be leading discussions on the benefits of physical exercise for mental well-being at an event in Ipswich next week.

Suffolk Heath promoter, Denise Foster, left and Frances Seager operating a pedal powered smoothie ma

Suffolk Heath promoter, Denise Foster, left and Frances Seager operating a pedal powered smoothie maker at a previous Suffolk Most Active County initiative at Endeavor House, Ipswich. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

The third annual stakeholder event organised by Suffolk’s Most Active County partnership will take place at Trinity Park on Wednesday, January 27, with the aim of promoting access to sport and physical activity.

People working in public health or mental health, such as health and well-being board members, physical activity coordinators, policy makers or researchers are invited to attend.

It will include workshops led by health professionals, lecturers and charities on subjects such as physical activity as a pathway to recovery; men’s mental health; young people and mental health and using exercise as a tool to improve a patient’s well-being.

The Most Active County organisation was set up in 2012 by Suffolk County Council, district councils, Suffolk Sport and the NHS in Suffolk, to help encourage more people to take up sport or physical activities.

Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for health, Tony Goldson

Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for health, Tony Goldson - Credit: Archant


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Tony Goldson, SCC’s cabinet member for health, said: “Getting active and moving more reduces your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50%, and lowers your risk of early death by up to 30%.

“Whatever your age there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.

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“That is why this event is so important as we want to motivate partners to further explore the designing, promoting and commissioning of sport and physical activity opportunities.”

The event, which runs from 12.15pm-4.45pm is free to attend but people must register by following this link.

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