By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 03 September 2013 Updated: 04/09 15:28
A 12-HOUR cycling event, exercise taster sessions and information about borough services will all be on offer as part of a focus on residents' wellbeing.
Redditch Mental Health Action Group is set to host an activity day at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday, October 12, in conjunction with Redditch Borough Council as part of a week of events to mark World Mental Health Day.
Activities will be on offer on the track and within the sports hall, with a variety of taster sessions for residents to try for free, although voluntary donations can be made which will be used to support projects across the town.
Members of the group will also be attempting to keep an exercise bike going in the stadium's reception from 8am until 8pm.
MHAG vice-chair Rebecca Blake said: "The idea behind the day is to promote how physical activity can be one of the ways residents can improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Even gentle exercise can help and there is a social side too which can help to reduce isolation which many people feel and particularly where mental health is concerned".
"The day is open to anyone, whether they have experience of mental health problems or not and whether they're an exercise expert or just starting out and looking for some advice about what's out there."
Scott Brinkworth, operations manager at the Abbey, said: "Sometimes after a hard day at work, all you want to do is go home, sit on the sofa and watch TV.
"But if you can make the extra effort and try some physical activity, it will raise your natural endorphins and make you feel good.
"Going to the gym is not just losing weight. You can meet people, raise your fitness and try new things which could turn out to be more fun than sitting on the sofa.
"This is a great opportunity to share with all residents about the activities we provide and we welcome old and new customers on the day.”
The week will also include a two-day event in the Kingfisher Centre (October 7 and 8) to promote services on offer in Redditch, a quiz at the Town Hall at 7pm on Thursday, October 10, and various events hosted by other organisations on behalf of MHAG.
Further details will be available on Twitter @redditchmhag, on the council's website, the 'Redditch Wellbeing Week' Facebook page, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Any charities, organisations or sports clubs who would like to get involved in the Abbey Stadium or Kingfisher days should call Harriet on 07788 379389 or Rebecca on 07833 771086.
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