National “Let’s Get Physical!” event takes place in Swansea this Thursday

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Mental health service users and carers will have the opportunity to take part in a number of track and field events at the 2015 “Let’s Get Physical” event which takes place in Swansea University Sports Centre on Thursday 2nd July 2015 between 10:30am and 4pm

Welsh mental health charity Hafal’s “Let’s Get Physical!” event takes place in Swansea this Thursday (2nd July). The event, which will be attended by hundreds of service users and carers from across Wales, gives participants the opportunity to try out a number of sports and activities including:

On the track: 100m; 100m Relay; ‘Egg & spoon’; ‘Horse racing’

On the field: Javelin; Shot put; Boules; Long jump; High jump; Table tennis; Tug-of War; Volleyball with Café 360; Penalty shoot-outs; Yoga with Louise Thorndycraft; Cycling with Bikeability.

The day also provides advice and information, includes healthy eating demonstrations and gives service users and carers the opportunity to get key physical health checks in a mobile health centre.

 Exhibitors and supporters include:

  • City & County of Swansea
  • The Let’s Get Physical! mobile health centre
  • Public Health Wales
  • Stroke
  • Stop Smoking Wales
  • NCMH
  • Bipolar UK
  • Diverse Cymru
  • Swansea City Football Club
  • Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council.

Hafal Chief Executive Alun Thomas said: “The ‘Let’s Get Physical!’ event provides key opportunities to try loads of different activities and get advice about living a healthier life – and have fun in the process.

“But the day also carries an important message about the need for people with a serious mental illness and their carers to look after their physical health – and to ensure that it is covered in their care plans and carer’s assessments.”

Head of Communications Matt Pearce said: “The ‘Let’s Get Physical!’ event is hugely popular because it’s energetic and lots of fun. People can get advice and information on how they can improve their physical health, plus they can meet new people and, of course, take part in a variety of sports and activities. The best thing about the day is that anyone can take part – you don’t need to be an athlete, you just need a have-a-go attitude!”

Matt Pearce