Health and Social Services Minister endorses physical exercise at Motiv8

Health and Social Services Minister Lesley Griffiths AM opened the Motiv8 day at Glyndwr University, Wrexham yesterday. The day, which is run for individuals, families and carers from North Wales who have experience of mental health problems, was designed to raise awareness of the close links between physical health and mental well-being.

Commenting on the importance of physical exercise the Minister said:

“The Motiv8 Programme is of particular importance as it exemplifies one self-evident truth: that physical activity is key to improving mental health and well-being.

“This is why the Welsh Government is actively working with a range of different organisations to encourage people to increase the amount of physical exercise they take by, for example, an extra day of activity a week.

“Events such as this will powerfully demonstrate the potential positive influence of activities, from sport to dance to yoga.”

The day featured a range of activities including aerobics, dance, cycling, table tennis, football, tai chi and hula hooping. Participants were encouraged to think about healthy eating, physical activity and exercise as a way of achieving better physical health, raising self-esteem and improving mental health.

This year the Motiv8 event was delivered in partnership with colleagues from the Voluntary, Employment and Education sectors. The Minister said: “Events such as these are part of the inspirational service user and carer involvement in Wales.

“Hafal is a key provider of the Third Sector and a big partner for the Welsh Government. I believe that Hafal and other organisations like it play an instrumental role in empowering service users, families and their carers and promoting a recovery-based approach to the management and treatment of mental illness.”

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Ian Baynes who is an Expert Patient Trainer greets the Minister