2014 Physical Health Day takes place in Swansea this Thursday

Mental healthservice users and carers will have the opportunity to take part in a number oftrack and

field eventsat the Physical Health Day which takes place in Swansea University SportsCentre on

Thursday 10thJuly 2014 between 10am and 3pm; the event will be attended by Bethan Jenkins AMand Swansea City Club Ambassador Lee Trundle

Welsh mental health charity Hafal’sNational Physical Health Day takes place in Swansea this Thursday (10th July).The event, which will be attended by hundreds of service users and carers fromacross South Wales, gives participants the opportunity to try out a number ofsports and activities including:

·        Track and field events

·        Nordic walking

·        Yoga

·        Five-a-side football

·        Tug-of-war.

The day also provides advice andinformation, includes healthy eating demonstrations and gives service users andcarers the opportunity to get key physical health checks in a mobile healthcentre. Exhibitorsinclude:

·        BikeAbility Wales

·        City & County of Swansea

·        Stop Smoking Wales

·        Public Health Wales

·        National Centre for Mental Health

·        Diverse Cymru

·        Mental Health Foundation

·        Bipolar UK.

Bethan Jenkins AM will present awards tothe winners of each event from 2:30pm. Lee Trundle, Swansea City F.C. ClubAmbassador and youth team coach, will attend the event between 2 and  3pm.

Hafal Chief Executive Bill Walden-Jonessaid: “The day has extra significance this year as we are running anational physical health campaign, Let’s Get Physical!, which sets a challenge- both to service users and carers, and to service providers and policy makers- to radically improve the physical health of people with a mental illness andtheir carers.

“The Physical Health Day is one ofthe highlights of the summer-long campaign because it provides opportunities totry different activities and get advice about living a healthier life.

“The campaign is also supported bymental health charities Bipolar UK and the Mental Health Foundation, andDiverse Cymru will help us to ensure that the campaign reaches out to minorityand disadvantaged communities.”

The event’s Coordinator Emma Billingssaid: “The Physical Awareness Day is hugely popular because it’s energeticand lots of fun. People can get advice and information on how they can improvetheir physical health, plus they can meet new people and, of course, take partin a variety of sports and activities. The best thing about the day is thatanyone can take part – you don’t need to be an athlete, you just need ahave-a-go attitude!”