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Big Lottery Funding for Local Mums Kickboxing Group

March 14, 2017 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Sport, Uncategorized

FunMeFit and Steel City Hub, our marketing side of things is thrilled to have helped a small mums and kids kickboxing group in Stannington, Sheffield achieve great things.

 

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The group called ‘MUMMY POWER’ has been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund as part of the National Lottery. We are incredibly proud to be able to share their fantastic news and we know the project will help so many local mums who desperately want to get healthy with their children.

 

Kate Hill, mum of two, who is now the group Chairperson brought the group together after seeing there was a need for inclusive fitness groups that enabled mums to socialise and not worry about childcare. Along with Samantha Marren, mum of one and group Treasurer and Hannah Sanderson, mum of two and group Secretary, they started kickboxing at local gym, Powers Martial Arts Centre, Stannington. They applied for Big Lottery Funding last year and saw a huge rise in local women wanting to be involved.

 

“We are so thrilled to receive this funding from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund for our friendly, little group. I set up the group initially because I loved kickboxing but didn’t want to do it alone. I struggle so much with childcare after work and didn’t want the kids sitting watching TV after school so I asked my local gym if they’d help.”

Paul and the team at Powers Martial Arts Centre have been totally supportive throughout, doing whatever they could to help. When Hannah and Samantha came on board to support it, there was no stopping us. We applied for Big Lottery Funding and it took almost a year for us to get everything set-up but it was well worth the effort,”

~ Kate Hill, Chairperson for Mummy Power.

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The group now trains together twice a week and the funding has enabled the group to enjoy two, free 1-hour training sessions every week for the women and their children, as well as a free nutritional course and weight programme every month, gradings to build some recognisable skills, achievement awards and free t-shirts and gloves to train with.

 

“Hannah, Kate and I mentioned it to some other mums at school and we were overwhelmed with the response. This funding means that we’ve could offer mums a place to come and exercise whilst enjoying a good, social atmosphere. We always have a great time, everyone is so friendly.”

~ Samantha, group Treasurer. 

 

“The children have their own trainer too for those who want to do kickboxing – they love having their own t-shirts and gloves to wear. We wanted to make sure the mums and kids are rewarded for their hard work too so we are organising awards ceremonies and social events. The Big Lottery Fund has made all of this possible.”

~ Hannah, group Secretary.

 

The gym, owned by Paul Powers, has provided a trainer for the mums and one to work with the children when they want to take part so that no-one is left out.

 

“The group and the funding has been great for our small gym. We were already well-known in the local community but this funding has meant that we are getting more and more families walking through the door to get involved. It’s great to see and we are happy to support Mummy Power for as long as they need it.”

~ Paul Powers, Gym Owner, Powers Martial Arts Centre.

 

The group trains at Powers Martial Arts Centre on Monday’s 6-7pm and Wednesday’s 5.30-6.30pm. There is a suggested donation of £10 per mum for the whole year and a £2 suggested donation per child for the year. This helps the group collect funds for additional uses that benefit the group, such as events and extra equipment needed.
If you’d like more information about Mummy Power, see the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mummypowerkick on Twitter @mummypowerkick or contact Paul at the gym directly on: 07831 763688 or email: mummy_power@yahoo.com.

Top Unusual Sports To Try in Sheffield

February 2, 2016 in Children & Play, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Sport, Uncategorized, Women

Sheffield is a sporting city. Some of us see the Olympic legacy working here, some don’t. It’s hard to ignore the rise in sporting opportunities for young people and children across the city and there’s lots going off within the universities and colleges. However, outside of educational establishments, some of us, usually parents with careers, children and heavy financial responsibilities, struggle to fit sport into our working week.

If you want to get back  into a sport of some sort – perhaps now the children are at school and you have more ‘free time,’ you might want to give some of the more unusual and fun sporting activities a try to really boost your confidence and bring some adolescent, free-feeling fun back into your life.

 

Here’s our list of new things to try this year:

 

Roller Derby

There’s a big team for women age 16+ in Sheffield called the Sheffield Steel Rollergirls. They’ve just started recruiting for new members and although you have to apply for the kit as to buy your own can be expensive, this sport looks to be growing hugely in popularity across Sheffield. The sport comprises of wearing roller skates – yes, not roller blades and lots of protection including a helmet, arms and knee pads. Videos and information can be found on their website: SHEFFIELD STEEL ROLLERGIRLS They also have a big Facebook page and are all over other social media channels, also on FunMeFit as a member.

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Baseball

Although it’s not Baseball season yet, Sheffield’s own Bladerunners have weekly training sessions. We’ve all heard of the American sport but have you ever tried it? There’s very little to fork out for apart from subs of a few quid a session and it’s great fun in the great outdoors that Sheffield is blessed with. The season starts in April 2016 and updated information and contact numbers can be found on their website: SHEFFIELD BLADERUNNERS. They are also on Facebook and you can find their profile on FunMeFit too.

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Kickboxing

We’ve all heard of kickboxing and probably associate it with big blokes kicking the crap out of each other in a ring. These days, it’s a growing women’s sport and a great way to keep fit and tone those wobbly bits. Powers Martial Arts Centre in Stannington is a city leader in its friendly, approachable and well-equipped gym. Offering classes, 1-2-1 sessions, group sessions, family sessions, children’s classes – you name it, they can offer it. They even do safety training and self-defence classes to help local women stay safe. It’s best to catch them on Facebook at POWERS MARTIAL ARTS CENTRE.

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Bouldering

No ropes, no fuss, just climbing up a rock with only yourself to rely on. Luckily for Sheffielders, there are a number of centres around Sheffield offering safer bouldering opportunities than tackling Stanage Edge. The Works in Sheffield is one of the largest bouldering centres in the world – it has everything you’d need to really explore this sport. Not only does bouldering work on just about every muscle in your body, it keeps you slim and keeps your mind active with problem solving tasks. It’s a great all-rounder for any age or ability. With the Mini Works for little ones where parents and children can climb together, there are no excuses. They also run courses and children’s classes. See THE WORKS website.

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If you’d like to stay updated about any new sporting opportunities across the city and further afield, check out our Facebook Page and send us your ideas, photos or events and we are always happy to share.

All About Active Sheffield

November 1, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport, Uncategorized

Sheffield has some of the best sporting facilities in the UK. It has recently been hailed the city of Sport and there are plenty of reasons why. Many of FunMeFit’s members offer either sporting facilities, sporting opportunities or activities and Active8-Sheffield are no exception. Contributing to Sheffield’s ‘City of Sport’ status, here’s a little more about them.

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Active8-Sheffield offers a vast range of spaces, facilities, activities and events to get involved with in Sheffield. Their four multi- purpose sports centres located at Tapton, King Edwards Lower, Ecclesfield and Fir Vale Secondary schools boast a selection of top range amenities that are hireable to the public.

 

Just some of their facilities include:

  • 3G Fully Floodlit 11 a side Astro Turfs
  • Sand Based 11 a side Astro Turfs
  • Theatre/Production Halls with Bleacher Seating
  • Hard Courts – Tennis and Netball
  • Teaching Rooms
  • Meeting Venues
  • Changing Facilities
  • Large Sports Halls
  • Sprung Loaded Gymnasium Floors

All of the facilities can be adapted to suit a variety of activities, whether that be an event, sporting activity, business meeting, party, exhibition or training.

Active8-Sheffield also provide activities and events of their own, including holiday fun camps, various sporting tournaments, fitness classes and charity fun days, all available for the public to get involved with.

Their facilities are affordable for all however big or small your booking and they are always looking for new opportunities to work with the local communities and to develop and grow their activities list.

Contact them today for more details of any of their facilities or work.

Call: 01142402308 Email: info.active8sheffield@interserve.com

Website: www.active8-sheffield.com

You can also find their FunMeFit profile here: Active8-Sheffield

The strongmen descend on Frickley Athletic FC

October 12, 2014 in Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Sport

The pitch at Frickley Athletic Football Club has never seen much more than a good football match or two but this month, the ground will be invaded by a crowd of epic proportions.

On 19th October, the giant competitors of Yorkshire’s Strongest Man 2014 will arrive in South Elmsall for an event like no other organised by Hulk’s Strongman Division, co-promoted by Yorkshire-based sport network, FunMeFit and sponsored by PPS Nutrition.

Image source: Hulks Promotions

Image source: Hulks Promotions

Fifteen of the strongest men from around the country including big names like Sheffield’s Strongest Man, Phil Roberts and Wales’ Strongest Man, Simon Johnston are already in the line up. Refereeing the competition is Britain’s four-time Strongest Man, Eddie Hall who at 6ft 3in tall, weighing 23 stone is not your average Frickley ref.

On the day, the competitors will have to complete a range of activities including the log lift, a tractor pull and a tug of war for which the winner will receive the first price of £500.

The event will also include a tug of war between the strongmen competitors and Frickley Athletic players and staff for entertainment purposes according to Andrew Picken, Frickley Athletic FC’s Commercial Manager: “The team at Frickley Athletic FC are always open to new ideas in order to provide our community with top class regional sport. As well as our main sport, football of course, we are looking at other ways to encourage people to come to our ground.

“By working with the Hulks strongman division, we are hope to provide a great day of sporting entertainment and something different for families in the area to come and see,” he added.

The event has already been promoted widely across social media in recent weeks and is set to be an action-packed, community show for all the family.

Mark Anglesea, Hulk’s Strongman Division organiser and two-time Guinness World Record holder said: “These are seasoned strongmen that can achieve the minimum lifts, for example the starting weight is 280kg. We make spectators very welcome and contribute to events being family orientated, plus the athletes love the encouragement and support.”

The event will take place at Frickley Athletic’s ground on Westfield Lane in South Elmsall on Sunday, October 19. The gates open at 11am and the competition starts at noon.

Tickets cost £5 and are available on the day at the ground. For more information visit: www.hulks-strongman.co.uk

To stay updated via social media, Like the Strongman Yorkshire Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/strongmanyorkshire

 

July’s Fund – Grants for Children

July 12, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Sport, Uncategorized

FunMeFit regularly runs funding searches to find grants that are suitable for grass roots sports clubs, community groups and healthy activity groups. Because we are a ‘community focused business’, every month we will profile a particular fund with details of how to apply.

So keep coming back to the website and check our latest news and updates – you don’t want to miss out. Of course, if you want a more detailed funding service– please get in touch with us and we will see how we can help you: info@funmefit.com.

 

JULY’S FUND SPOTLIGHT

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Image source: Henry Smith Charity Website

 

Funder: Henry Smith Charity

Fund title: Holiday grants for children

Open: November 2014 to fund holidays in 2015.

For this particular fund you will need to identify that the children attending such a recreational holiday are from a deprived area, have a disability or are experiencing disadvantage.

The funder requires you to make a strong case for why your application should be considered. Consider using information such as the Office for National Statistics website at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/taxonomy/index.html?nscl=Communities where you can get detailed information about your neighbourhood.

You can apply for between £500 and £2500, with normally two thirds of the total holiday funded if you are successful – as the Henry Smith Charity like to see that you have raised funding elsewhere too.

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities are all eligible to apply. This is one particular fund we have chosen that gives you plenty of time to get used to applying for funding and plan a long time before you intend to make your trip.

So use the help on the FunMeFit website and if you have an idea for a trip that fits the criteria then why not give it a go. Imagine how thrilled you will be if you get the funding and the children who ultimately benefit get to go somewhere they have never been before.

Check the website for more information, application and contact details. Henry Smith Charity Website.

 

Awards for All Funding

May 31, 2014 in Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Uncategorized

If you’ve received our newsletter, you’ll see that this article follows on from the newsletter but we’ve started it from the beginning again just incase you didn’t catch the newsletter this month. It’s all well worth a read if you run a group or organisation:

Feature Fund – Awards For All

 

FunMeFit has a new section in this month’s newsletter that focuses on a particular funding scheme that would be suitable for community groups in Sheffield to apply for. Usually to apply for funding a community group would need a constitution, a small committee, bank account with signatories and a project proposal.

In this month’s newsletter edition we are looking at the popular fund awards for all. This fund is available across Yorkshire to help voluntary and community groups to resource their projects and ideas.  The fund is operated by the Big lottery and you can apply for between £300 – £10,000.

Awards for all fund a wide variety of community based projects ranging from active citizenship, environmental projects, developing skills and health projects. Because we are focusing on walking this month, as part of national walking month, awards for all is an ideal fund to apply for to develop walking groups and projects around increasing physical activity and improving health.

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Whether you already have a walking project or group or you want to create a new walking group consider awards for all if you require funding. If you are already a walking group, consider a new activity you could apply for funding for – an example could be an environmental project in the park you walk in.

To apply for funding you don’t need to be a charity and the application form is not as complex as some other funds. If you are a new community group you may need to show a simple cash flow forecast – a way to show the funder how you intend to raise funds and what costs you expect to incur as a group.

You must have a group bank account, at least two signatories on account, a constitution and a committee. These requirements are to demonstrate that you operate in a fair and transparent manner and that the funds are spent as you have outlined in your application.

All these requirements are relatively straight forward to set up. You may want to set a meeting up with people that want to be involved. You can use this opportunity to decide who wants to be chairperson, secretary and treasurer. Most high street banks operate a bank account especially designed for community groups.

In future FunMeFit newsletters we will include some more information on the individual roles of a committee. However the most important thing is to get organised and to find out who wants to be involved in your group so you can work together and spread the work out.

The Charity Commission has a wealth of useful information regarding how community groups – often referred to as unincorporated associations and Charitable organisations are set up. Don’t be put off by the initial setting up of your group. The key to getting your community project off the ground is commitment, community support, volunteers to help you and being organised.

Don’t underestimate the benefits your project can bring to your community. Remember the funder is interested in your application and wants to invest and be part of your community project whether it be improving people’s health, training opportunities or improving the environment.

Ideas for funding could be new equipment, providing new sessions or training for community members or creating an ‘outdoor gym’ area. Look at the funding criteria to find out more. However the awards for all fund is quite diverse in what it will fund – so get your ideas hat on. As long as your project fits the funding outcomes as listed on the awards for all website you are good to go.

FunMeFit can help you develop your idea. In particular if you reside in Sheffield, have an idea for a community project and people to help you but don’t know where to start, why not contact FunMeFit info@funmefit.com. In the month of June you can get a free telephone / Skype consultation, or drop us an email to help you get started and apply for funding.

To provide this service you will need to become a FREE FunMeFit member if you are not already registered. Because we are passionate about helping Sheffield become more active through physical activity, sport and becoming an active citizen, all we ask if you use our service, is that you help spread the word about FunMeFit to your friends and family – in fact everyone you know.

For now good luck with your community idea and we hope we have provided you with some useful information. Remember awards for all is one of many different funders willing to invest in community projects. Each month we will aim to highlight a particular fund that is available in Sheffield to help you decide who to apply to should you need funding. For now – let’s all keep on walking.

 

What Makes Sheffield A Happy City?

February 19, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Other, Sport, Uncategorized

Sheffield has recently been crowned as the happiest city in the UK, according to a new study by the Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group (TCSG).

It has also been and continues to be a landmark city for many other reasons. It’s primary nickname is ‘The City of Steel,’ which refers to Sheffield’s industrial heritage but in more recent years, it’s become known as one of the best cities in the UK for sport, for music and for the locally-made dinner accompaniment, Henderson’s Relish. Yum.

Despite its industrial history, Sheffield can boast an extraordinary amount of beautiful green space and woodland for its happy inhabitants to enjoy:

 

  • 13 City Parks

  • 20 District Parks

  • 50 Local Parks (including public gardens)

  • 1,600 acres of nature reserves

  • 170 Woodland areas – 80 of these are classed as ancient

  • “The South West Boundary of the city overlaps with the PeakDistrictNational Park, the first national park in England”.

  • “Sheffield has a reputed 2 million trees and is known as the greenest city in Europe”.[158] Wikipedia, 2013

There is access to green outdoor space no matter where you live in the city and although we Sheffielders may not be known as the healthiest or fittest community in the UK, it’s worth the consideration that this is why we’re the happiest.

So, where is the best place to get our daily outdoor dose of exercise in Sheffield? Well, apart from the obvious abundance of small local parks, there is a special place that the people of this green city would recommend to anyone:

The Peak District National Park – It has to be in the top spot as it is the most stunning place to visit in the UK, in my opinion.

The question isn’t what can you do here but is what can’t you do here? It’s highly used by ramblers (walkers), mountain bikers, climbers, horse riders and the average family as a day out destination. It has 1,800 miles of public footpaths so there’s little chance of boredom. Wikipedia, 2013

Sheffield is privileged to have part of this national treasure fall within its perimeters and who knows, perhaps one day, with a little encouragement from FunMeFit, the people of Sheffield will not only be the happiest but the fittest and healthiest in the UK.

By Kate Hill

Founder, FunMeFit

‘Tis the Season to be SAD!

December 5, 2013 in Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Women

Christmas is a time of year many people associate with plump turkeys, presents overflowing beneath a bauble-studded Christmas tree and children/domesticated animals gambolling around a quaint family home. Other people may think of it as a time where we consume a bit too much sherry, definitely too much rich food and suffer the familiar family dispute (or two).

However, this time of year people are also prone to suffering SAD. This acronym refers to Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a hotly disputed topic but one which, if you suffer from it, is all too real. According to NHS Choices, it is defined as ‘a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern. The episodes of depression tend to occur at the same time each year, usually during the winter.’ The symptoms of SAD are:

  • Low mood
  • Lack of interest in things you normally enjoy
  • Being less active than normal
  • Sleeping more

This ‘winter depression’ usually begins to rear its head just as the days are getting shorter – when the sky is dark as you leave school or work – and intensifies to a peak during December, January and February. Severity can range from mild to severe. All symptoms tend to lift as spring blooms.

There are several reasons why people might suffer from SAD but the most typical ones, psychologists and scientists surmise, is lack of exposure to sunlight and the effect on hormonal activity. Absorption of sunlight is a core process in the manufacture of the hormone, serotonin, which the body uses to stabilise mood. Sunlight also affects the production of melatonin, which tells your body to feel sleepy, as well as the body’s circadian rhythm, which is responsible for regulating biological processes like sleep.

All in all, SAD is thought to be a type of depression that is often easily treatable using particular methods –numerous studies have shown that light therapy (using a lightbox that mimics the light of the sun) have been successful in alleviating SAD. These are professional treatments and it is always best to speak to a doctor if you think you might need help.

If you only feel mildly blue, you can also boost your mood by doing fun things associated with winter, like toasting marshmallows, going ice-skating or cuddling up with a good book by the fire.

Exercise is one of the most effective ways to boost mood. We here at FunMeFit never tire of extolling the virtues of exercise, even though it might seem like the last thing you want to do in the depths of winter. Here are five exercise tips to help you stay positive as Christmas’s fun and demands descend upon us:

  • Go for a brisk walk with a friend or family member in the crisp winter air: you will see vibrant colours and dazzling skies that only appear at this time of year;
  • It may seem absurd, but going for a run in the cold (make sure you go during daylight and the ground isn’t too slippery!) is invigorating;
  • Invest in a yoga mat and do some indoor yoga – there are plenty of good videos online and this stress-relieving activity is completely free;
  • Go tobogganing with your friends or family in the snow – if past years are anything to judge by, it may well be a white Christmas! And,
  • If you have any old sports equipment or games that you no longer use, take them to a charity shop so someone else can use it. Clearing out the clutter is always a mood-lifter and so is helping others!

It’s important to visit your GP if you suspect you might be suffering from SAD to get a clear diagnosis from a health professional. Even if you feel perfectly chipper throughout these shorter, colder days, exercise is still an integral feature for a fun, active lifestyle. Try one of the tips this weekend and you could feel even better. Happy holidays, everyone!

By Catherine Heath

A Recycled Christmas Guide

December 1, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Latest Articles, News, Uncategorized

Christmas similarly to other religious celebrations is about being with family and friends, being part of a wider community and celebrating life. Much of this seems to have been bypassed in recent years by the need to buy expensive, brand new material gifts for family and friends – a lot of the time quite pointlessly.

In the latest blog, “A Recycled Christmas,” FunMeFit Founder, Kate Hill, discusses why buying brand new Christmas presents is not always the answer to having a happy, fulfilling Christmas. Just as importantly for the struggling family, there are ways and means to get those longed for children’s presents without breaking the bank.

You’ll find the link to the blog below but just remember, Christmas is about your family and the community, not just about those presents. There are plenty of ways to help your community during the festive season and pretty soon, we’ll be posting our next blog about helping those in need.

 

A Recycled Christmas

 

Wishing you all a great run up to Christmas!

Introduction to Workplace Wellness

November 8, 2013 in Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Uncategorized

What do moustaches, yoga and the NHS all have in common?

Lack of time is largely blamed for why people do not exercise enough. The average adult person sleeps away one third of his or her daily life and works for another third. This hasn’t yet accounted for time spent commuting, preparing food or doing domestic chores.

Gone are the youthful days of being able to eat Big Macs, drink gallons of Coca-Cola and slump for hours in front of the TV without putting on weight. Obesity and obesity-related diseases are at record-levels all over the world, and sedentary lifestyles – combined with too much processed, fattening food – is largely to blame. Heavy corporate lunches, snacking at your desk, driving to work and that post-work glass of wine (or two) add to the unhealthiness.

Aside from extra weight gained, about 10.8 million work days were lost in the UK because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety from 2010 to 2011 (NHS).

Bad employee health also has large costs for employers. Absenteeism, as well as disability, injury and healthcare claims, all contribute to company overheads. Organisations can drive down costs down by implementing workplace wellness activities and initiatives to improve overall employee health.

What is Workplace Wellness?

The concept of workplace wellness has been widened over the past ten years to cover the “culture of health” within the workplace.

Workplace wellness can refer to organisational policies designed to encourage better employee health, both mental and physical. These include measures such as allowing flexitime to fit around exercise, offering on-site kitchen and eating areas, providing healthy food options in vending machines, holding “walk and talk” meetings, and offering monetary and other motivations to participate, among many other possibilities.

Outside of corporate policy, wellness covers all aspects of health, from physical fitness, to healthy eating, getting some fresh air and general mental wellbeing. Many people have been integrating “workplace wellness” into their own routine of commute, morning snack, lunch with colleagues and dinner with the family.

What are the Benefits?

As a result, people are happier at work, are more productive, more motivated and live longer. Believe it or not, work is actually good for your health because it encourages social integration and a sense of pride. Happier people have improved immunity to disease.

It’s all about juggling healthy activities to fit in with your daily routine. We want to review some of the things that you can do to improve employee health at your organisation.

Workplace Wellness: Case Studies

Jessica Heath, Administrator at the Royal College of Nursing, has introduced group yoga sessions at her workplace. She set this up because she thinks it’s really important to maintain a healthy mind-set.

“When we work, we’re all really stressed, but physical exercise makes you feel better and more productive at work. I’m sat at a desk all day and not moving, so it’s convenient to have something quick, say 15-20 minutes.”

There are other reasons why workplace wellness is so important. “It strengthens bonds with people to take part in community activities. It makes a difference to work at a place where everyone supports each other. Work is not just a place you go to get money; it’s a part of your life.”

She has also organised a “Positivity Day” to encourage people to think positively. “We did some inspirational videos, and ran yoga to introduce people to different types of physical activity. We had a positive space where we brought in baby pictures and guessed who they were. Learning, physical activity and playing a game for fun are all different types of positive activities. One of the key things is laughing together,” she says.

The Royal College of Nursing have won awards for their workplace wellness programme. Rightly so, since “a lot of people need more support in living a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, it’s important for work to prize your health.”

The Movember campaign across workplaces worldwide draws attention to the importance of men’s health awareness. Men are encouraged to grow moustaches for the entire month of November to highlight the important issues of prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health, raising money for charity in the process. Click here to find out how you can donate.

Workplace Wellness and Beyond

The Centre for Workplace Health (CWH) in Sheffield was launched in 2005. A partnership between University of Sheffield, the Health and Safety Laboratory and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, it seeks to achieve national targets set out by UK Government.

You can join in by seeing if there are any activities to take part in at your office or organisation. If there aren’t, take Jessica’s lead and see if you can set up one of your own. If you’re not working for any reason, whether it’s because you’re studying, out of work or a stay-at-home parent, don’t fret! There are many programmes you can join to improve health and wellness.

Check out FunMeFit’s member directory for activities in Sheffield and elsewhere! Click here to find out more about workplace health.

By Catherine Heath