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Fun day showcases positive impact of activity on mental health

Wednesday, 23 August 2023

Poeple practising yoga on Brunswick Gardens fun dayThe Brunswick Gardens Fun Day, an annual event organised by Activ4Health (a Givernment referral scheme at the National Sports Centre), successfully showcased the positive connection between physical activity and mental health earlier this month.

The collaborative effort between Manx Sport and Recreation, Next Step (part of the Government's Mental Health Service), and Brunswick Gardens resulted in a diverse range of activities that garnered enthusiastic participation from attendees. From Boxercise and Freestyle Fitness Yoga sessions to arts and crafts stations, the event catered to a variety of interests. Brunswick Gardens added to the experience by providing guided tours of their garden grounds, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all.

Research shows that simple actions like staying active and learning new skills can positively impact mental health.

Brunswick Gardens fun day attendeesJulie Edge MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said:

‘Events like this play a crucial role in raising awareness about the positive impact of physical activity on health and well-being.

‘This initiative is part of our commitment to provide opportunities which promote and improve health and wellbeing through sport, physical activity, culture, and arts. This is aligned with the Island Plan objective to be an Island of health and wellbeing.

‘I commend the organisers for their efforts in creating an event that not only highlights the benefits of physical activity on mental health, but also fosters a sense of community and engagement.'

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