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Naturally Healthy Month returns in 2018 with an extensive programme of events across Somerset

 26th Mar 2018

Naturally Healthy Month Banner 2018

Organisations focussed on health, wellbeing and outdoor activities join forces for the month of May to help the whole of Somerset embrace a more active, nature-based lifestyle.    

26th March 2018 – Today sees the launch of Naturally Healthy Month 2018 – a month long campaign which brings together some of the county’s leading health, wellbeing and outdoor activity organizations to offer people across the county with a variety of opportunities to get active, and enjoy the  benefits of spending time outdoors and in nature. The programme will provide additional help for those individuals and groups who find it more difficult to get out and about and enjoy the health benefits of nature.

This year, Somerset Wildlife Trust is coordinating the campaign, in association with Somerset Local Nature Partnership and Public Health at Somerset County Council.

Throughout the entire month of May, over 30 participating organizations will collectively offer a range of over 150 events and activities that celebrate Somerset’s green spaces and beautiful landscapes and in turn improve the sense of health and wellbeing felt by those who get involved. Whether its yoga, Nordic walking, practical conservation tasks, looking at butterflies, singing, buggy walks, mindfulness, family beach days, listening to the dawn chorus or simply going on a de-stress walk - there will be something for everybody, regardless of age or physical ability.  Activities and are taking place across the county, from Exmoor to Frome and from the Mendips to the Blackdowns and everywhere in between.

Nature and Wellbeing Manager, Jolyon Chesworth from Somerset Wildlife Trust had this to say:

Being active and being in the natural environment is great for our health and wellbeing .  With nearly 25% of Somerset adults being classified as inactive (doing less than 30 mins of moderate activity per week) and the estimated health costs of physical inactivity in Somerset being estimated as £8.8 million per annum, this is a wonderful opportunity to it to work together to get more active in an enjoyable way. Realizing that we are a part of the natural world and embracing it has been shown to boost our physical activity levels but it doesn’t stop there; our mental health can also benefit. Experiencing the sights and sounds of nature and socializing with like-minded people can make us feel noticeably better. Best of all nature is free and the majority of events that are being put on across the county are also free.  The initiative is in its second year in Somerset, we have doubled the number of events being put on and we really want people to take advantage of what’s on offer.”

Trudi Grant Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council adds:

“We are pleased to be supporting Naturally Healthy Month again, as we recognize the many benefits that getting closer to the natural world can bring.  All the events on offer connect people and nature to help promote health and wellbeing, get people more active and will leave people feeling good from the inside out”

The known benefits of nature on health and wellbeing are numerous, and include:

•          Improved physical and cardiovascular health

•          Increased happiness

•          Increased sensory stimulation – new sights, sounds, smells and experiences

•          Calming and relaxing

•          Offers the opportunity for increased social interaction within families and with likeminded people

•          Relieving stress and anxiety

 

Pick an event for you: A full list of the events on offer can be found by visiting www.slnp.org.uk and clicking on the Naturally Healthy Month tab.

Help spread the word: Please get behind Naturally Healthy Month through talking it about on Social Media using the hashtag #LetNatureNurture and #stepoutside

If you have any questions about any of the events, please contact Ben Bryant by emailing ben.bryant@somersetwildlife.org