Forum on fitness in body and mind

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SPORT and health experts will gather at the Stadium of Light to consider how sport can contribute towards good mental health.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) are hosting the region’s first ‘Building resilience and wellbeing through sport’ conference in Sunderland on Thursday, October 30.

The conference is being supported by the State of Mind programme which was established in 2011 with the aim of improving the mental health, wellbeing and working life of sports men and women. Rod Bowles, senior clinical nurse at NTW, said: “There are many reasons why regular physical activity is good for your body, including weight control, increased energy levels and reduced risk of developing health conditions and diseases.

“Physical activity is also extremely beneficial to your mental health.

“Research suggests that people who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from depression, anger and stress.

“Positive changes to your body can lead to an increase in self-esteem and general improvement in your mood.

“October’s conference at the Stadium of Light seeks to harness the opportunities provided by sporting bodies and health and social care organisations working closely together to improve the health of local populations by sharing expertise and key lessons to build personal and community resilience.”

l To attend the free event, contact Fiona Kettle at NTW on 213 0151 or email communications@ntw.nhs.uk before Thursday, October 16.