Feel Good Friday celebrates health and wellbeing

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A CELEBRATION of everything health and wellbeing took place at stadium:mk last week.

The Feel Good Friday event saw dozens of public agencies and civil society organisations came together to put on a fun, interactive and educational event.

Feel Good Friday event    Health Awareness at Stadium MK

Feel Good Friday event Health Awareness at Stadium MK

It was attended by many hundreds of visitors, each of which were encouraged to pledge a change that would boost their health and overall wellbeing.

Held in partnership with the MK Dons Sports & Education Trust (MK Dons SET), Feel Good Friday was the city’s biggest ever fitness and healthy lifestyle focused event.

The free event, officially launched by Dons chairman Pete Winkelman and Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris, also marked the launch of a Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Milton Keynes.

The overall aim of the project is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities across the city.

Feel Good Friday event    Health Awareness at Stadium MK

Feel Good Friday event Health Awareness at Stadium MK

Visitors were able to take part in a free Zumba class, workshops from dance group Frantic Flo, walking football, as well as listen to choruses from Lovat Fields Extra Care and Loughton School choirs.

They also got to meet MK Dons players and ask questions to a variety of personalities, including the national director of the Health and Wellbeing Board Implementation, John Wilderspin.

Chairman of the Shadow Health & Wellbeing Board, Councillor Debbie Brock said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the first ever Feel Good Friday.

“It was incredibly encouraging to witness so many people of all ages and abilities looking to improve their lifestyle.

“MK Arts for Health recorded many attendees’ ‘pledges’ to do something simple and different such as to cycle more, give up smoking – even just to walk upstairs at work rather than using the lift. I urge everyone who made a pledge on Friday to stay committed to it, as that will help you feel good everyday.

“We are also thankful to everyone who supported us in pulling together this fantastic event, and for helping to make it such a great success.”

Some of the groups involved in putting on Feel Good Friday included MK Dons SET, The Shadow Health & Wellbeing Board, Milton Keynes Council, Milton Keynes Community Health Service, Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Age UK Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Hospital, LINk:MK and NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.

Feel Good Friday is a non-profit event and relied on the voluntary support of professional organisations in Milton Keynes, including The Double Tree Hilton, Perception PR, MKFM and the Health Foundation.