By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 17 October 2013 Updated: 18/10 07:46
HEALTHY minds were the focus as hundreds of residents took part in a week of events aimed at boosting wellbeing.
The first Redditch Wellbeing Week saw the town's Mental Health Action Group organise a two-day Advice Shop where shoppers in the Kingfisher Centre were able to find out more about charities and organisations in the borough.
More than 50 health checks were carried out by Mytime Active, Health Trainers and Health Checkers across both days and a further event at the Abbey Stadium, where the focus was on the benefits of exercise and healthy living, while more than £400 was raised through a quiz hosted at the Town Hall and a 12-hour bikeathon.
Organisations including Sandycroft Centre, SureStart, Bromford Support and Your Ideas held their own events in support of Wellbeing Week, inviting residents to find out more about their work and promoting wellbeing and mental health.
An MHAG spokeswoman said: "We would like to thank every single person who took part in the first ever Wellbeing Week, including everyone who attended an event, those who helped out by offering venues or their time, everyone who helped promote it to make it such a success and all of the residents who took an interest in the week.
"Special thanks must go to the organisations who put on events for us and the individuals within them who have helped us develop MHAG from an idea about promoting mental health to a group able to get so many people talking about the issue, which is not shouted about loudly enough or often enough.
"This is only the start for MHAG and having such support from Redditch will enable us to make Wellbeing Week even bigger and better next time."
To keep up to date with MHAG events, meetings and news, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @RedditchMHAG or call 07788 379389.
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