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Exercise SG at UWE Bristol's Centre for Sport

Issue date: 17 February 2014

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UWE Bristol has joined forces with South Gloucestershire Council and the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to organise 'Exercise SG' - a new weekly programme of group activities that promote positive mental health among students.

Exercise SG takes place every Friday at the UWE Bristol Centre for Sport from 11:00 – 13:00. Participants may choose from a range of sports and exercises such as squash, badminton and walking, as well as other fitness activities. A trained facilitator leads each session, which also includes socialising and mutual support.

The initial session is free and only £1 after that, thanks to South Gloucestershire Council's 'Everybody's Business' grant and the generous support of all three partners.

Lizzie Sabine, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator at UWE Bristol, says, “Studies show that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a university year. It is well reported that exercise has a positive effect on mental health. The endorphins released during activity raise a person's mood and afterwards one can feel a real sense of achievement – plus it's fun!”

Entry to the Exercise SG programme is by referral and you can refer yourself. Just visit, call 01454 863937 or visit the University's Well Being Services to enrol.

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