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5 Steps to wellbeing

What is the difference between health and wellbeing?

Health is a state of the overall mental and physical state of a person; the absence of disease. Whereas wellbeing is a way of life that aims to enhance well-being and refers to a more holistic whole-of-life experience which also includes emotional and spiritual aspects of life.

Can we tempt you to consider what they mean for you and what simple actions and changes you would like to make in your own life to improve your day to day wellbeing? They will make you feel good and feeling good about yourself and others which is a really important part of being healthy.

1. Connect…

With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Every friend you have stated out as someone you didn’t know

Invest time in developing new and existing connections, building these will support and enrich you every day.

2. keep Learning…

Ask yourself “if money were no issue, what would I want to spend my life doing? Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course.. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.  Sure, you might feel awkward in the new environment at first, but great things never came from comfort zones.

3. be Active…

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. We have thousands of hours of free activities in our parks, open spaces and wellbeing centres so there is something for everyone

Find an activity near you

4. take Notice…

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savor the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

5. Give …

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. Try something new





Councillor Lisa Trickett appointed The Active Wellbeing Society Chair

The Active Wellbeing Society works to improve the wellbeing of the most deprived citizens in our city delivering projects such as Active Streets, Big Birmingham Bikes, Active Parks and Run Birmingham. (more…)

17th December 2018  |  Tina Bold




Greener Birmingham Day Out 2018





British Cycling are looking for volunteers





Wellbeing Survey

Some Interesting things you told us in the Spring 2016 Wellbeing Survey

Health and happiness

Around 30% of people said they don’t feel that healthy and that they’re not that happy. 

However, when we looked at the relationship between happy people and healthy people, we found that 84% of those who said they felt healthy also said they were happy.

So it looks like if you want to be happier being healthier may help and doing any sort of physical activity will help you be healthier,

Physical activity

When we looked at the relationship between happy people and the activity they actually do there were some clear winners!

  • 1st        Walking the dog or Group Fitness Classes
  • 2nd         Playing with children or swimming
  • 3rd        Running or gardening

The good news is that 60% of everyone we spoke to said they want to do more physical exercise – which is great!

When asked what they’d like to do, some clear favourites emerged:

  • 16% go for a swim
  • 12% go to the gym, attend a fitness session or group class
  • 11% go for a walk
  • 10% go cycling
  • 9%   have a dance
  • 7%   go for a run or jog

 

Use of parks

Many of these activities you can do yourself in your local park and it looks like using your local park has a very positive link with your health and happiness.

  • 41% of panellists who use parks rate their health as good or very good vs only 25% for those who don’t use parks
  • 26% of those who use parks are very happy (score 9 or 10 for happiness rating) vs 17% from those who don’t use parks

 

So if you want to stay healthy and feel good why not visit your local park or Wellbeing Centre where we offer access to facilities and sessions free of charge as part of the Be Active scheme. Please follow the links below.

ParkLives Birmingham

 

18th August 2016  |  BrumActivities




Looking for support?





Run Birmingham – off the couch and into your city

RunBham_FINAL 479 x 359Get Together…..Feel Better…..Run Birmingham

Come along and join in  – every one is welcome

2km or 5km run, jog or walk ideal for all ages and abilities – FREE weekly activity.

Wednesday’s 9.30 – 10.30am at Aston Park, Trinity Road, Aston. B6 6JD

For more information please contact us:

Email: runbirmingham@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Run-Birmingham

Twitter: @RunBirmingham

To register for your free wrist band for Great Local Runs please visit   www.grearrunlocal.org/register

 

 

 

 

Thursdays 5.30pm—6.30pm

Meet at the play area Farnborough Fields

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear—bring a drink!

 

 

28th July 2015  |  Tina Bold




Proactive

Proactive exercise classes are for people who are having treatment for cancer, or who have finished their treatment and are now living with or beyond cancer.  These classes are a new initiative introduced through an exciting partnership between Birmingham City Council and Prostate Cancer UK.  Classes are open to people who have had all types of cancer, not just prostate cancer.

There’s lots of evidence to show the benefits of people of being more active during and after treatment for cancer.  Many everyday activities may well be suitable for many people in this situation, but these specialist classes, led by qualified instructors to provide a safe and supportive environment are a great starting point.

Proactive classes will be led by a qualified instructor and will be a group exercise session in a ‘circuits’ style.  This means that there are a wide range of exercises for different parts of the body set out in stations around the room and people complete the ones suitable for them and at the intensity level right for them.  People can rest when they need and miss out exercises that aren’t suitable.  At the end of each session there will be a time for a chat and some refreshments.

People will be offered 12 weekly sessions to attend.  This will be over a 15 week period, to allow for time holidays etc.  Sessions will be free to attend to patients as Prostate Cancer UK is funding the classes in the pilot phase; until 31 March 2015.

Venues, days and times.

Proactive exercise classes are on:

Saltley Community Leisure Centre     Tuesdays                     11.00am – 12.15pm (new time from 21 April 2015)

Kingstanding Leisure Centre               Thursdays                    10.30am – 11.45am

The exercise sessions will be led instructors who are advanced fitness instructors and also have the Level 4 cancer and exercise rehabilitation specialist exercise qualification.  There are also always staff on site that are first aid qualified.

17th July 2014  |  Tina Bold




Coca-Cola Zero Park Lives

Through Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives, there are tons of free ways you can have fun being active, in Birmingham parks. It’s all about Coke Zero logohaving fun, playing games and trying something new. Bring the family or friends and join in.

Go on, get out there and make the most of summer!

Check out the timetables and locations here https://theaws.co.uk/find-your-nearest:

  • Balaam’s Wood Public Open Space
  • Balsall Heath Park
  • Billesley Common
  • Bloomsbury Park
  • Brookvale Park
  • Burbury Park
  • Chamberlain Gardens
  • Cofton Park
  • Cotteridge Park
  • Eastside/City Centre
  • Edgbaston Reservoir
  • Handsworth Park
  • Highbury Park and Orchard
  • Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields
  • Kings Heath Park
  • Kings Norton Nature Reserve
  • Ley Hill Recreation Ground
  • Lickey Hills Country Park
  • Mansfield Green
  • Manor Farm Park
  • Muntz Park
  • New Spring Street
  • Perry Hall Playing Fields
  • Rectory Park
  • Selly Park Recreation Ground
  • Senneleys Park
  • Sheldon Country Park
  • Small Heath Park
  • Summerfield Park
  • Sunset and Moonlit Parks
  • The Ring/Enderby Park
  • Walkers Heath Park
  • Ward End Park
  • Welsh House Farm (Selcroft Public Open Space)
  • West Heath Park
  • Witton Lakes

 Pop-up Parks

There are even more chances for the whole family to get involved in a range of physical activities over the summer holidays which are sure to improve your health and wellbeing whilst having a lot of fun!

Pop-up Parks are your chance to try out a variety of different activities including badminton, tennis, football and play games.

Pop-up activities will be held in the following park:

  • Aston Park
  • Calthorpe Park
  • Cotteridge park
  • Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields
  • Lickey Hills Country Park
  • Muntz Park
  • Perry Hall Playing Fields
  • Small Heath Park
  • Sparkhill Park
  • Sunset and Moonlit Parks

 ParkLives Video

View some of the ParkLives activities taking place near you and across Birmingham.

 About ParkLives

Coca Cola Zero ParkLives delivered by Active Parks Birmingham is a new programme of fun and free activities in parks across Birmingham.

ParkLives aims to encourage people to be more physically active and free sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities to take part in everything from Zumba to Tai Chi.

Why not register at http://www.parklives.com/

6th October 2013  |  Be Active




Birmingham’s Active Parks join the fight against obesity

The team running Birmingham’s hugely successful Be active sports scheme has identified a new secret weapon in the battle of the bulge: the city’s 600 parks and open spaces.

Birmingham City Council, with the support of Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, is launching a pilot project looking at the role the city’s open spaces can play in helping lead fitter, healthier lives.

And Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, believes tapping into the potential of the great outdoors will build on the success of the multi award-winning Be active scheme.

Officials will work with Sport England to assess the success of ‘Active Parks’ at five sites:

  1. Cotteridge Park
  2. Walkers Heath Park
  3. Moonlit & Sunset Parks
  4. Holders Lane Fields
  5. Ward End Park

Over the next six months, visitors to the five sites will be offered a wide range of free activities, including:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Tai Chi
  • Green Fit
  • Bushcraft
  • Gardening
  • Buggyfit
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Walking

Birmingham City Council assumed public health responsibilities at the start of April 2013 and obesity has been highlighted as one of the city’s major challenges.

Cllr Bedser said: “The obesity problem in Birmingham cannot be underestimated. 26% of our population is obese and that includes nearly one in four of our 10 and 11-year-olds. So we have to use every resource available to us to promote healthier and more active lifestyles throughout the city. That includes our wonderful parks and open spaces.

“We already have the Be Active programme, which has been running very successfully for more than three years helping thousands of people across Birmingham access gyms, classes and swimming for free.

“Now we’re looking at the potential to extend this fantastic programme into our many parks and open spaces. We believe these activities will attract people who may not think that indoor gyms and leisure centres are for them – or who prefer to be outdoors. Parks and open spaces are familiar, unthreatening venues, free and often very local.”

24th April 2013  |  Be Active