Get Moving update
The first ever Get Moving week took place in October 2008, when 12,000 people got active at events happening all over England. Walkers, footballers, joggers, dancers, canoeists and gardeners from Carlisle to Cornwall felt the benefits of physical exercise for improved mental wellbeing.
This year Get Moving was supported by actor Joe McGann and Olympic medallists Phillips Idowu and Cassie Pattern. Cassie said, “Exercise is a brilliant way of managing stress and improving one's mood. I hope that Get Moving encourages people to get more active and helps improve public attitudes towards mental health issues. Whether it's a weekly swim or a fortnightly dance class, everyone can Get Moving!"
Events are organised by groups and individuals in their local communities and bring together people from every background. Organisations such as the Eden Project, Natural England, BTCV and NHS Trusts (to name just a few) participated in 2008, offering opportunities to try out something new, learn something about mental health and have a bit of fun!
It's proven! Studies have shown that physical activity can give you energy, boost your mood, reduce feelings of depression and combat stress. Exercise is also fun and by bringing people together to work-out, we can learn a little something about each other, helping to reduce some of the stigma associated with mental health. Find out more about mental health and physical wellbeing.